The Tide Was In And So Were The dolphins!

The dolphins were very active during the second week of January.  They were sighted on 6 of the 7 days and were very active, joining us on many occasions for a ride on the waves produced by our boats.  The last day of the week in particular saw dolphins join us on all of our cruises.  The slightly larger tidal range compared to usual was a major factor in the increase in dolphin sightings this week.  When the tide is in (high), the food is in and so the dolphins make their way into Mandurah’s waterways to feed.

7th January – No sightings on our cruise route.

8th January – The dolphins were out and about all day!  3 dolphins were sighted on our 11am cruise near the war memorial looking for a feed.  On our 12 noon cruise these same 3 dolphins went for ride on the bow of our boat after their tummies were full.  Our 1pm cruise saw a pod of 8 making their way down the Mandurah Estuary Channel and out into the ocean.  On our 2pm and 4pm cruise a few dolphins made their way back into the estuary where they were looking for a feed and came for a quick ride on the bow of our boat.

9th January – 2 dolphins were sighted on our 11am cruise near the ocean entrance.  Another 2 dolphins were sighted on our 1pm cruise in a playful mood, throwing around the fish they had caught.  3 dolphins were also sighted on our 2pm cruise catching a feed near the war memorial.

10th January – The dolphins were in a very playful mood in the Mandurah Estuary.  2 dolphins were sighted on one of our morning cruises at Stingray Point.  They were happily fishing before leaping around in the wake of another boat.  On our 2pm cruise the dolphins joined us to ride on the waves our boat produces before fishing near the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge.  Our 4pm cruise saw another small pod of dolphins near perfume point join us for a ride and they leaped playfully in the air.

11th January – A pod of 5 to 10 dolphins were sighted on our mid-day cruise in front of King Carnival.  They were happy looking for a feed and came up to our boat to say hello before continuing on their way.

12th January – There were numerous sightings of dolphins throughout this day.  2 dolphins were sighted on one of our morning cruises in front of King Carnival.  They were slowly making their way up the Mandurah Estuary Channel.  A pod of 4 joined us on our 2pm cruise near the war memorial.  Our 3pm cruise saw sightings of the dolphins in Mandjar Bay, the Mandurah Ocean Marina and near the Old bridge.  They were all busy looking for a feed when sighted and so weren’t in a very playful mood.

13th January – It was dolphins galore throughout the water ways.  They were active all day with dolphins sighted on all of our cruises.  A pod of 7 were sighted on our 10am cruise near the Mandurah Ocean Marina.  They followed our boat for a while and rode on the bow.  Our 11am cruise saw a few dolphins near Stingray Point feeding.  On our 12 noon cruise 4 dolphins were sighted near the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge.  They were swimming along the foreshore and joined our boat for a ride on the waves our boat produces.  Our 1pm cruise saw these same dolphins in Mandjar Bay looking for a feed.  There were also plenty of dolphins sighted on our 2pm, 3pm and 4pm cruises from the ocean entrance to the New Mandurah Estuary Bridge.  Again they were feeding and joined our boats for a quick ride on the waves our boat produces.  Nicki and giggles (2 very popular resident dolphins) were in the Mandurah Estuary all afternoon.

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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.

We also encourage you to share your sightings, photos and videos on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/MandurahCruises

And remember, 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/

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Check out this interesting article on the Los Angeles Times Website:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/hundreds-of-dolphins-stampede-off-dana-point.html

and watch the official YouTube video Clip:

http://www.youtube.com./watch?v=OlmDVuxerQ0

In Southern California, off Dana Point, a rare and breathtaking sight involving common bottle nose dolphins occurred.  Out of nowhere, a pod of about 1,000 dolphins began a stampede, racing across the water at speeds of up to 40 kilometres an hour towards an unknown destination or away from a danger only they detected. Naturalists have speculated about this majestic phenomenon rarely seen. They are yet to determine the actual cause of a “dolphin stampede.”  Some amazing footage was captured so be sure to watch the YouTube clip (Link above).