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Week 7 : Spinning Dolphins & Curious Whales

Day 46 (October 2nd 2017): Today’s first launch started at 7am and we came across a small pod of three bottlenose dolphins: a mum and her calf, plus another individual that was either a sub-adult or an adult though its gender was unclear. The weather...

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Volunteer experience with Raggy Charters

When we arrived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on a windy and rainy week in early November 2017 to volunteer with Raggy Charters , we didn't know what to expect. Our reasons for coming here were mainly because of Raggy Charters reputation in the conservation...

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Week 6 Mozambique: Busy Dolphins

Day 39 (25th September 2017): At around 5:30am this morning I received message from Angie stating the two launches were cancelled for the morning as the north-easterly winds were still too strong. With the morning launch-free we resumed work on the skeletons, using putty to...

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Week 5 Mozambique: Work with dolphins and skeletons

Day 34 (20th September 2017): For the past three days –prior to this date- we had no launches due to strong westerly winds and bad weather. During this time I was able to finish the entering the first four months of boat logs from 2016....

Incredible photo of a breaching humpback whale!
Week 4 Mozambique: WOW Breaching Whales!

Day 26 (12th September 2017): After sorting through over 2,000 images of whales and dolphins taken from 2015 and 2017, today I could proudly say I had finished the task given to me. I sent the hand-selected images to Angie for her research. Angie informed...

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Week 3 Mozambique: An Incredible Swim

Day 22 (8th September 2017): We had two launches scheduled today: the group on the early launch were the staying at the Gala Gala Resort and had already been on a trip the day before. During their first launch, while they didn’t have any luck...

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Week 2 in Mozambique: Tail-sailing Whales

Day 10 (26th Aug. 2017): We had two boat trips scheduled for today. During our early morning launch, which started around 7 AM, we saw a pod of 6 dolphins. As for the second trip, we didn’t have any luck with sightings. Since it was...

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First week at Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique

Day 1 (17th Aug. 2017): After my arrival at Ponta do Ouro, I was first greeted by Sabrina (another Dolphin Encountours volunteer from Cape Town) when I walked into the lodge, the same lodge where I’ll stay for the next two months. After introducing ourselves,...

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A whale of a surprise

This week was fairly regular in terms of sightings, seeing a few Sperm Whales, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Spotted Dolphins. Tours from the North Coast of the Island have also begun so Futurismo is now busier than ever, with most tours fully booked! I...

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Risso’s Dolphins & Amazing Bottlenose Dolphins

This week went off to a great start as on Monday I saw a new species, Risso’s dolphins! We saw them on both the morning and afternoon trip. In the morning they were showing typical Risso’s Dolphin behaviour; they were a bit further away form...

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