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Akaroa Dolphins - Harbour Nature Cruises
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Dolphins / Penguins / Fur Seals / Dolphin Spotting Dogs / 100% locally owned and operated / Number 1 on TripAdvisor for Boat Tours in New Zealand /
Dolphins / Penguins / Fur Seals / Dolphin Spotting Dogs / 100% locally owned and operated / Number 1 on TripAdvisor for Boat Tours in New Zealand /

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On Saturday the 4th of March at 5.30pm join New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust scientists on a very special Akaroa Dolphins Sea Week cruise. Learn from the experts why Banks Peninsula is so extraordinary, their latest findings and the future direction of the Hector's dolphins. Proceeds from the cruise will go towards their future research.

For more information and to buy tickets go to https://www.akaroadolphins.co.nz/seaweek-cruise/
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Today marks our 13th Birthday - yes the 13th of February. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and been a part of the team. We have some special projects in the pipeline this year and can't wait to be able to share them with you.
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There are a lot of exciting events happening in Akaroa over Seaweek 2017, and one of these is a very special cruise that we are hosting with marine scientists from the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust.

Whilst cruising around Akaroa harbour and visiting the marine reserves, take a once in a lifetime opportunity to join and learn from marine scientists Tom Brough & Jesu Valdes. Learn about;


• Hector’s dolphins in detail.
• NZ Whale & Dolphin Trust’s work including their latest research.
• Banks Peninsula and why it is so important for dolphins and other wildlife.
• Where the hotspots for dolphins are and why.
• Habitat types and oceanographic processes occurring at Banks Peninsula.
• Tools of the trade used for research.
• The future direction of the Hectors dolphin research.


Tom & Jesu will give a commentary during the cruise, and also happily chat and answer questions throughout about their research at Banks Peninsula and beyond.

All proceeds Akaroa Dolphins receive from this cruise will go to the New Zealand Whale & Dolphin Trust to support their future conservation efforts of the Hector’s Dolphin.


Saturday 4th March 2017

5.30pm – 8.00pm (approx. finish time)

$100.00 per person (includes a drink and nibbles)


There are a strictly limited small number of spaces available for this cruise. To book or for more information contact: Akaroa Dolphins on 03 304 7866 or at cruise@akaroadolphins.co.nz
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The Hector’s dolphins aren’t renowned for jumping but when they do it is spectacular. Thanks to Aniek Scorey, who was on our morning cruise yesterday, for sharing this.
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The Hector’s dolphin is endemic to the coastal waters of New Zealand. The Hector’s dolphin is only found around the South Island of New Zealand and are fragmented into three populations. They have a territorial range of 52 kilometres. Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula host roughly 1000 of these dolphins.

There is also a sub-species called the Maui dolphin which is only found in the North Island. The Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins are related to a similar species in South Africa and South America.
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A beautiful White-fronted tern spotted in Akaroa Harbour.
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A Little pied cormorant drying its wings on the main wharf in Akaroa.#NZMustDo
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📍 Stony Bay, Banks Peninsula Track. #NZMustDo #bankspeninsula #akaroa
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How amazing is this? This dolphin is called the Commerson's dolphin and is a cousin of the Hector’s dolphin. Commerson's dolphins inhabit the waters off the coast of southern Argentina, around the Malvinas/Falkland Islands, the south coast of Chile, and around the Kerguelen Islands in the southern Indian Ocean. The shape of the dolphin is similar to the Hector’s dolphin but the colouring is quite different. #wow This photo was taken by Fernando Díaz Segovia.
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As this year draws to a close and the festive season is well and truly upon us, the team at Akaroa Dolphins would like to thank you all for your support in 2016. From all of the crew we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. #akaroa 
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