Another great day trip.
Today about 20 of us headed down to Portsea to meet up with the cleverly named company Sea All Dolphin Swims. If you check out the pictures on their website, it was pretty much the exact same thing today. We started out by heading to where the dolphins were last spotted. There are extremely strict rules in place since there are only 80 dolphins in the entire bay and they are all wild. This meant that we had to hold on to "mermaid" lines from behind the boat as it towed us around. Dolphins are pretty curious by nature and they swam right underneath us several times, clicking and whistling as they went. It was tough to get a picture of them, but check out this video I took of them surfing off the bow of the boat. They loved this and did it for our boar, a catamaran near by, and the huge ferry that passed by a few times. Tons of fun.
Next we headed over to the seals' bachelor pad. This group of seals is made up of all juvenile males who were kicked out of their colony by the dominant males. They will beef up here for awhile before they go back to stake their claim. The current was really strong, but a bunch of us went at it anyways. We jumped in and caused a ruckus to make the seals come and in play with us. Sure enough about 20 or so jumped in and swam around with us. It was heaps of fun to dive under water and chase them and as be chased by them. They were really impressive to, since some were longer than me and weighing I think up to 300kg, and there was even a baby one. The guides said they are in the same family as dogs and coyotes, and it showed in their puppy like eyes and huge fangs.
Next we headed back to the pier which happened to have a reef next to it. This tiny reef alone has more weed species than the whole of the Japanese archaepeligo and more fish species than the bottom portion of the great barrier reef. It sounds like a big deal, but there wasn't a heck of a lot to see. A real treat though was finding sea dragons which are native only to the states of Victoria and South Australia. Here is a link with pictures, they have much longer bodies than sea horses. We also found and held sea stars and puffer fish and I swam alongside the resident stingray which was as long as me.
The seals and the reef were a huge bonus seeing as I though we would only be swimming with the dolphins. So there are another few items checked off the non-existent yet ever growing list of things to do while in Australia.
This weekend I make my way to Torquay with the Beach Club for even more sun, sand and surf.
It's all good downunder.
To view photos from the trip, visit www.ryandownunder.blogspot.com