Trip Start Aug 24, 2004
41Trip End May 09, 2005
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The cruise itself was probably two hours. We ran into two seperate groups of dolphins on this trip which apparently is uncommon. It was difficult to see them at first because it was so dark today. The easily blend in with the water. We made it out to the Tasman Sea, but it was too rough to venture out and try to spot some seals. No penguins either
A little note on the fiords. They have species of marine life only found in these areas. The water is so dark at the first 20 meters or so that you find deep sea life in the top layer of fresh water. The fresh water floats on top of the salt water which allows usually deep sea creatures to thrive in shallow depths.
oh yeah, I did the Glow Worms yesterday. I got soaked on the top of the boat. It was nothing great I guess. Doesn't last long. I really wanted to hike up to the mountains though. They probably wouldn't appreciate that. The takahe live up above the Te Anau caves and that's the only place they've been rediscovered since they were thought to be extinct. Anyway, the DOC website (I think I linked it in the last entry) has more on the takahe, the fiords, and a lot more interesting stuff. I won't be posting pictures for a few days. The only place I can upload from in Te Anau just closes whenever they want to.