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Old 06 May 2004, 11:29   #1
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These guys were spotted of Durlston Head last Saturday - sorry pictures are not great as they will insist on going under the water !
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Old 06 May 2004, 11:38   #2
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awesome,!!! - you should have tried to have a play with them!
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Ollyit I presume your comment was a joke, but here are the guidelines for dolphin watching at sea for those who MAY be tempted:

Maintain forward progress at a slow, steady speed throughout a trip. To reduce the risk of collisions, harassment and noise disturbance.

Follow an agreed route within the area of operation without stops or deviations except for safety reasons. Cetaceans are more likely to become accustomed to predictable boat noise and behaviour.

Always slow down gradually to no-wake speed if cetaceans appear directly ahead. Once clear of the animals, slowly resume cruising speed. If cetaceans approach the boat or bowride, maintain a slow cruising speed. To reduce acoustic disturbance and avoid collision or breaking up groups; to avoid disturbance from sudden changes in speed or direction.

Limit the duration and number of trips in certain areas sensitive to marine traffic, such as the Kessock Channel and Chanonry Narrows. To avoid potential repeated disturbance to specific animals in areas where they have limited room for manoeuvre.

Dispose of fuel, oil, litter and other contaminants in the appropriate containers on shore. To avoid additional marine pollution.

For your safety and theirs, do not allow passengers, or crew to swim with, touch or feed dolphins or other marine mammals. Remember, these are wildlife animals. Swimming with, or touching cetaceans may be dangerous. Infections can also be transmitted between humans and cetaceans. Feeding these animals may alter their behaviour.

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are protected by UK and European legislation. If you see anyone deliberately harassing cetaceans, please inform the police.

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Fab pictures, pmorgan.

Keith - your dolphin code of conduct would perhaps make a useful "sticky" or download if JK considered it useful?

Another piece of useful Dolphin information for anyone south coast based is the "dolphin with attitude" who was observed last year. His details have been circulated as a warning because he's gone a bit loopy and isn't very friendly. He has been expelled from his pod for fighting with other dolphins and now roams around on his own. He can be quite agressive and swimmers need to be careful as he presents a risk of injury.

This might be the same one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/southampton/fea...s/george.shtml
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Pmorgan,

Thanks for the pictures. It is a wonderful experience seeing something so wild and so elegant at close quarters.


Richard,

Talking of the dangers when I first had my SIB my daughter Karen and I were out and ended up in the middle of a group of the Moray Firth Bottle Nose Dolphins. One even swam un der the SIB almost touching it. It was an exhillarating and rather frightening experience. Karen pointed out to me that 1) Dolphins have TEETH, 2) A fully grown Dolphin is about the same bodyweight as a COW.

They could easily have tipped the SIB over!

Anyway I have posted the picture before but here it is again...the Dolphin that went under the SIB.

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Wow! I haven't seen that one before. I do remember the other one (basking shark?) that want under Cyanide or Magellen Alpha I think. Searched and found it... Close Encounters of the Shark Kind
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I haven't seen dolphins so close since I last opened a tin of Tuna chunks.....
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QUOTE Another piece of useful Dolphin information for anyone south coast based is the "dolphin with attitude" who was observed last year. His details have been circulated as a warning because he's gone a bit loopy and isn't very friendly. He has been expelled from his pod for fighting with other dolphins and now roams around on his own. He can be quite agressive and swimmers need to be careful as he presents a risk of injury.


Thought you were talking about Manos!
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LOL!! I'm sure even Manos will see the funny side of that comparrison!
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Just got back from evening tide in Norfolk and seen at least one dolphin along the coast - flat calm sea - wonderful sight just a shame I didn't have a camera.
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