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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-05 06:00
Subject: [travel] In Kaiokoura, NZ, day four - swimming with dolphins
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Yesterday, we went swimming with dolphins. Lisa Costello stayed on shore due to discomfort with small boats. The rest of us donned wet suits and rode about thirty minutes south of Kaiokoura to where a pod of 300+ dusky dolphins were playing on the surface.


The shoreline there is a range of snowy, craggy mountains. The seas were moderate, four to six foot swells. Which is a lot when you're bobbing in the water. The dolphins were playful and engaged. For me it was a very difficult experience in some ways, but also a fantastic one. I think it was pretty epic for [info]the_child.

There will be pictures, bandwidth permitting.

Today we visit a seal colony, an aircraft museum, then take the ferry from Blenheim on the South Island to Wellington on the North Island.

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Coffee Shop Whore
User: skidspoppe
Date: 2013-08-04 20:07 (UTC)
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Sounds amazing!
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Submarine Bells: backlit
User: submarine_bells
Date: 2013-08-04 22:27 (UTC)
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If you have the time and capacity, I *strongly* recommend going on one of the mail delivery boat runs that operate out of Picton (which is where the ferry actually departs, if it's the ferry I'm thinking of). The mail boats deliver the mail to all the little accessible-only-by-boat properties scattered all over the Queen Charlotte Sound - it's delightful, relaxed several hours, with spectacular scenery, and the locals come out and meet the the mailboat as it arrives at each private jetty, often with their pets. It was one of the highlights of my recent visit to the Blenheim region earlier this year.
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User: anghara
Date: 2013-08-05 00:23 (UTC)
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You're describing (in very different circumstances, granted - my own dolphin encounters were of a more tropical kind) what I consider to be one of the most amazing experiences of my own life - and I had the chance to do this twice, the dolphin encounters. And I'll never forget a moment of either of those. Why did you find it difficult...?
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mlerules: beach
User: mlerules
Date: 2013-08-05 05:55 (UTC)
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2013-08-05 13:23 (UTC)
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I sawn with dolphins in Key West shortly after college. It was an amazing experience. I look forward to reading about yours.
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User: msconduct
Date: 2013-08-11 05:34 (UTC)
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For your interest: the spelling is actually Kaikoura, kai being the Maori word for food and koura being small freshwater crayfish.
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