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27 March 2011

Not swimming with dolphins

25th March 2011

Thousands of people have been swimming with dolphins, but very few people have not been swimming with dolphins.

This was the first sunny day in New Zealand since the Routeburn Trek, it was almost warm enough for T-shirts (if you were in the sun and out of the wind). And we had been very lucky to get the last places on the 1PM dolphin swimming boat. We got all kitted up in rubbery wetsuits and snorkelling gear and enjoyed basking on the aft deck as the boat skittered across the swell to the place they’d seen the dolphins on the morning swims.

Splosh! Then a young humpback whale surfaced and slapped his enormous flipper near the boat. We watched this happy leviathan for a while, delighted

by the bonus sighting. Then we continued with the more important search for the local pod of over 400 dusky dolphins.

It was a slightly bemused group of wetsuit-clad folks who were brought back ashore two hours later without having been in the water. The two guides swore that this happens very, very, very seldom and we got a full refund with no fuss.

And we join a very select group, as very few people have actually not been swimming with dolphins.


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