Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Free diving with Cephalorhynchus hectori

After spending over a month in New Zealand and logging 5k in a camper and many more on vessels, planes and a helicopter I am ready to come home...again.

The highlight of last months adventures were the white sharks at Edward Island.

This trip was packed full of rivers, hikes, meetings, and yesterdays face to face encounters with the rarest of dolphins Cephalorhynchus hectori.

This minute members of the dolphin clan can be found in Akaroa, which for California residents is like our very own Tomales Bay complete with stunning vistas, amazing seafood and laid back locals.

Our free dives were all commercial and with local companies who take the idea of "conservation diving" one step further than I have ever encountered, not allowing in water encounters with pods that had nursing females. I like to see companies that put their animals first, something in the shark world that still needs to be addressed in many regions.

These animals are magnificent and with as population hovering at 8K they are on the brink so it was nice to see conservation diving working to educate and inspire legions of tourists who come to see these critters.

Now it's on to a flight, and 17 hours of recycled air on our transpacific leg home to the Bay Area.

For those who have been trying to get in touch I will be back in the office tomorrow and cannot wait to be home!

Patric Douglas CEO

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