Dolphins Put on a Spectacular Performance !

Following the heatwave, the weather cooled down to the mid 20’s, the tide dropped off and the dolphins were quiet for the first few days of the year along our cruise route.  However, come the end of the week the weather started to warm up again and the dolphins were in a very active mood with sightings on most of our cruises.  Friday the 4th January in particular saw the dolphins put on a spectacular performance for our guests, synchronized leaping, showing off and riding the waves our boat produces.  A big thank you goes out to our guests on board that shared their wonderful photos with us!

31st  December – A couple of dolphins were sighted on one of our mid-day cruises and visited our boat for a short time in-between feeding and throwing fish into the air playfully.

1st January – No sightings on our cruise route.

2nd January – No sightings on our cruise route.

3rd January – No sightings on our cruise route.

4th January – A couple of dolphins were sighted in front of the Mary Street Lagoon on our 11am cruise.  They were busy rounding up fish.  Pods of dolphins work together to trap schools of fish by rounding them up and then attack from all sides to feed.

4th January continued… A very playful pod was sighted on one of our mid-day cruises.  They joined us for a ride on the waves our boat produces, entertaining our guests with synchronised leaping and all kinds of tricks.  We received plenty of amazing photographs by our guests of the dolphins putting on this fabulous show, including one of a resident dolphin who is currently pregnant.  The photo shows the mother leaping playfully into the air showing off her pinkish/white baby bump.

pregnant dolphin
Pregnant resident dolphin – Photo taken by Helen Schofield (4th February)
riding the waves
Riding the waves – Photo taken by Debbie Hegarty (4th February)

A couple of dolphins were also sighted on our 4pm cruise feeding just outside of the Marina.

5th January – A pod was sighted on our 12:30 cruise from the new Mandurah Estuary Bridge.  They joined us for a ride on the waves our boat produces and were leaping playfully into the air until we had to re-enter the Port Mandurah canals.  Some fantastic video footage was captured by one of our hostesses and we will share that with you on our website and Facebook soon!

6th January – On our 10:30am cruise 6 dolphins were sighted in the main channel on our way back from the Marina and followed us through the Port Mandurah canals.

A couple of dolphins were sighted feeding in Mandjar Bay prior to our 11am departure.

A couple of dolphins were sighted on our 12:30pm cruise in the main channel, however they were not very playful as they were too busy catching a feed.

A solo dolphin, most likely a male (bull), was sighted on our 2:30pm cruise riding under another boat’s bow before venturing off to feed.  How did we know this was likely a male dolphin?  Well, the females generally stay together for their entire life while the males venture off after about 6 years of age from their birth pods and live alone or join other pods for a short period of time.  On this occasion there were no other dolphins in the area at the time.  Another interesting fact in relation to male dolphins is that living alone they don’t have the assistance of other dolphins to help round up fish.  So, they need to often be opportunistic feeders, spending most of their time looking for easier meals like octopus and crustaceans.

On our 3pm cruise 4 dolphins were sighted feeding near the new Mandurah Estuary Bridge before joining us to ride the waves our boat produces to the old Mandurah Traffic Bridge before we had to re-enter the Port Mandurah Canals.

A couple more dolphins were sighted on our 4 pm cruise in Mandjar bay feeding and making their way towards the old Mandurah Traffic Bridge.

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There were many photos and videos taken during this week and we get them up on our website and Facebook page soon.

If you would like to join us on a cruise and see mandurah dolphins just visit the 1hr Dolphin & Canal Cruise page for more info and to book online.

http://mandurahcruises.com.au/

and feel free to share your sightings, photos and videos on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/MandurahCruises

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Check out this interesting article on the Discovery News website:

http://news.discovery.com/earth/gift-giving-wild-dolphins-to-humans-in-australia-121226.html

It discusses the giving nature of dolphins with many accounts of them offering gifts to humans in the form of eels, tuna, squid, an octopus and an assortment of many other types of different fish.