Monday, 12 March 2012

Auckland Dolphin Safari

When we first arrived in Auckland we thought we would do the tourist thing and go on a Dolphin Safari. We got on board and 5 hours later didn't see a thing. We were issued a voucher to try again, and this second round was a great success!

This cool fish was created entirely of old flip flops and flippers.
This has nothing to do with the safari, we just saw it on our way to the boat this day.

Just moments after Jeff left for a washroom break the captain announced his first sighting and we all rushed up to the front of the boat to see flipper and his friends.
Once we came upon this dolphin gang, (about 2-3 hours into our trip), we had to act fast. They were tricky to get on camera, but we managed to capture some great moments. They really liked to speed in front of the boat. Show offs...
All in all we came across three groups of dolphins. We were able to get close to two sets, but the third was in a large eating frenzy and the captain didn't want to get too close and disrupt their meal with the birds above and sharks below.

An island that we passed on our way back into Auckland. You can see the tip of the sky tower in the background.

Two happy sailors.

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