Winter is a fantastic time to spot marine mammals across Australia including dolphins and seals. Two of the most common species of dolphin found around Australia are the Bottlenose and Short-beaked Common Dolphin. Did you know that dolphins fall into the toothed whale category and can live well into their forties?!
Here are some of our favourite snaps from the past couple of months.
Wildlife Coast Cruises
Location: Phillip Island, Victoria, (90 minutes from Melbourne by car)
Tour to book: Winter Whale Cruise, Seal Watching Cruise, Dolphin & Whale Cruise
Species featured below: Short-beaked Common Dolphins and Australian Fur Seals
The population size of the Short-beaked Common Dolphin increases during the winter months as more food seems to be available closer to shore. Large pods of up to 40-50 dolphins forage for fish and squid within 500m of Phillip Island’s southern and eastern coastlines, whilst Bottlenose Dolphins regularly approach the boats out of curiosity.
Photo Credits: Renee de Bondt
Oz Whale Watching
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Tour to book: Lux Whale Watching
Species featured below: Bottlenose Dolphins
These images were taken aboard the MV Ocean Blue in Sydney Harbour on the way out to see the migration of Humpback Whales!
Photo Credits: Biggles Csolander
Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo
This Bottlenose Dolphin below with its permanent grin, was spy hopping next to the boat. Using its pectoral fins rather than its fluke to stay upright, the dolphin mimics a human treading water with their hands. Perhaps the dolphin just wanted to have a looksee at us as much as we wanted to look at him!
Photo Credits: Sara Barbieri