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[LBI 2012] Dolphins dolphins dolphins dolphins!

October 23, 2012

[This is the eighth in a series of posts – essentially diary entries – on fieldwork on Little Barrier Island, New Zealand. Internet access was unavailable on the island, so I am publishing them one-per-day now that I am back on the mainland.]


Today was a day off. We initially thought the weather would be crap tomorrow, giving two days off, but the most recent forecasts have come in clear and I’ve been assigned to Line X, the most Northerly route.

I spent most of today, predictably, on leisure activities and chores. Washing. Reading (‘The Best Australian Science Writing 2011′). Repairing my boots. Napping. Eating. Had a truly exorbitant sleep-in (’til 07:50!). Mid-afternoon, someone noticed the dolphins had returned to just offshore from the boulder bank and were in a playful mood – so of course we all threw on swimming gear and got in the water. I even had the presence of mind to bring my camera in its underwater housing but, in an incredible oversight, no mask. So there are photos and videos as proof, but they are mainly terribly composed.

The ~14° C water was bracing. No-one stayed in for more than about a half-hour, despite the dolphins quite happily messing about in our vicinity well after we left the water.

At low tide, a discovery was made. Richard has spent a good deal of time fishing over the last few days, but has lost a lot of gear on the boulder bank. I was walking the boulders to retrieve his lost hooks today when I noticed one with a hooked fish, still intact, just barely alive attached to the cut-off line. Hooks retrieved, and baitfish. Win!

This is what happens when you blindly aim a camera underwater. This, and lots of photos of seaweed.



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