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As we sail out in the early morning watching the sunrise over the headlands, we are shortly greeted by our friendly short beaked common dolphins whistling and singing at our bow. You enter the water amongst the pod and sing the morning away with the friendliest dolphins on the planet!
Just a short 2.5 hour drive north of Sydney, Dolphin Swim Australia offers the only permitted wild dolphin swim in NSW. Nothing can prepare you for the absolute adventure of a lifetime. A beautiful sunrise tour heading out into the open ocean to swim with either short beaked common or oceanic bottlenose dolphins.
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DOLPHIN SWIM BEHAVIOUR IN COMMON DOLPHIN D.DELPHIS
Understanding dolphin behaviour or ‘body language’ is key to ensuring our permitted wild dolphin swim remains compliant with our permit conditions and the current national government legislation. However, more importantly to us, understanding dolphin behaviour means we never chase, harm or harass these amazing animals simply to fulfil our desire to swim with them.
When we venture out into the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park, we are looking for indicator signals created by dolphin behaviour. Breaching is where a dolphin leaps clear of the water and it can be a signal of play, travel, annoyance or simply to get a better view of the surrounding above water area. What better way to see above water than to leap two metres clear of it? Our team can see a breach on certain days up to 10 nautical miles away! If we get to the area where the breach occurred and there are multiple dolphins, we can then determine if it is play, travel or annoyance behaviour being exhibited and design our parallel approach accordingly; or we can simply ‘wait in the wings’ to allow them to finish what they are doing and join us if/when they are ready.
Spy-Hopping is another way dolphins like to view the world above water. They will swim to the surface and usually tilt to one side or the other and stick their heads up as high as they can, peek-a-boo style. It’s pretty cute when you know they are wanting a better look at everyone on the boat. They do this out of curiosity, or they can also do it out of fear. Man is the greatest threat to all species on this planet and our dolphin friends know this very well.
That is why we take extreme care to understand and study the dolphins we encounter and always take the most respectful and cautious approach once we have determined the behaviour on the day. Our team invest in viewing hours of underwater video, taking untold numbers of still photos and dorsal fin shots to identify the animals we encounter. Knowledge and understanding is shared within our team and with our swimmers so we can serve and protect our dolphin friends whilst at the same time introducing human kind to the dolphins’ world. Understanding behaviour is key to a successful ongoing relationship with Cetacea.
Andrew Parker (CEO – Dolphin Swim Australia)