Close up

28 Oct

Today we donned our wetsuits and went for a swim with the dolphins. As you can see on the pictures, visibility under water was very poor and you actually hear the dolphins’ echo-location before you can see them. Then, suddenly, they appear right beside you out of nowhere and each time I almost dropped my camera… 🙂 They seemed to get a kick out of swimming right below us and blowing bubbles at us.
The marks on the dolphin’s back are caused by dolphin teeth. Dolphin mating is a rather rough business and lacks somewhat in romance.
Since there have been a number of shark attacks in the area, we used shark shields. I had never seen those in action before and it was cool (and awfully reassuring) to be able to use them. They consist basically out of a strap around the swimmer’s ankle and a one meter long cord that dangles into the water. It emits an electric current that is painful (but harmless) to the shark’s ampullae of Lorenzini on their snouts.







2 Responses to “Close up”

  1. Rahel October 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Okay… I guess that is kind of reassuring and I bet Tom is happy you’ve got that anti-shark thingy! You are one brave girl. Photos are amazing – since they don’t exactly wait for you to take the photo :).

    10 cm of snow and freezing temperatures here, so you’re not missing out on much, love! Take care.

    • anitadownunder October 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      Hihi, its time for the gloves and the wooly hats then…

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