Rockingham Dolphins

Trip Start Mar 16, 2005
Trip End Oct 31, 2005

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

We got up at 4.15 to make sure we had plenty of time to get ready and get to the bus stop without rushing. But of course something had to go wrong. Kelly looked at the wrong bus timetable and we wouldnt make the bus in time, so it was one mad rush to get ready and get a taxi to the train station, but we just about made it. after a hearty McDonalds breakfast we met the coach at 7.00am - gutted to find that we would br sharing our trip with 25 loud and boisterous americans!
After a 45 minute drive to Rockingham we arrived at the beach front with the boat waiting to take us out. The weather was gorgeous even though the past few days had been full of storms.
We got kitted out in our wetsuits and scuba goggles and after a breif talk with the guides we were ready for action.
The boat drove miles out into the sea looking for a big gropu of dolphins, as we were driving along we could see dolphins all around us swimming at the surface of the sea.
When it was our groups turn to go into the water we had to put our snorkels and masks on and slowly get into the water and hold onto the person in fronts belt and just float on the surface whilst looking under the water.
One of the leaders had a motorsised scooter thing and went down to the bottom of the sea to play with the dolphins and guide them up towards us. All of a sudden about 5 dolphins in a big group swam towards us and were playing and swimming about 1 metre away from us. They were swimming all around our bodies and faces. There was a large mother and her tiny baby swimming around. Kelly didnt have much luck on her first swim because she couldnt breathe properly in her mask, and was adamant that the whole of the boat could hear her breathing like darth vadar! she kept panicing and had to keep lifting her head up to reset her mask and try to get her breath back so it scared her quite a bit. After being in the water for about 15 minutes (there were dolphins swimming around us for the whole 15 minutes) we got back into the boat and went to another part of the sea to see some different dolphins. Again, there was so many dophins, the best part was watching one of the dolphins trying to catch a fish, as the dolphin got close to the fish it opened its mouth about to bit it but the fish quickly jolted away. Kelly had swopped her mask for a kids one to stop the water leaking in and luckily this time she managed to calm down and enjoy this time more, even though her face was all squashed up!!
then for the last time we drove to another location and went in for one last time. All together we were in the water for about 45 minutes and the guides said we saw the most dolphins in a long time, all together about 30 different dolphins, all shapes and sizes. It really was a great day.
As we drove off in the boat the driver made lots of waves by revving the engine and as we were coming away about 15 dolphins were jumping out of the water doing somersaults and twists one after the other, it was like something you saw on tv. Unfortunately the guides didnt tell us the driver was going to do that so we didnt have time to get the camera out to take some pics.
We didnt actually get to touch the dolphins because they were in their natural environment and they wasnt used to being touched so it probably would of scared them away. But it was still a great day out and one of the best experiences ever.
Later in the evening we went to a bar called carnegies which is a rock and roll bar from the 60's all through to the 90's. After a nice meal we went to an english pub in perth to watch a band play.
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