Yesterday I had my first major tour. It was swimming with Hector's Dolphins. We went out on a boat from the port of Akaroa early in the morning (it is a lot like Rockport, MA but with beautiful mountains all around). We went out suited in layers of wet suits, waterproof hoods, gloves, and shoes. It is really cold in the water because this is a South facing port which means it is facing right to the Antarctic so it gets the winds and the water from there. The water was 13 degrees celcius. Any easy way to go from C to F is to multiply the celcius by 2 and add 30. So email back if you can figure out what 13 C is in F.
The Hector's Dolphins are about 4 feet long. They are the smallest oceanic dolphin in the world. As we went out looking for a pod of dolphins to swim with, we saw penguins (the white penguin) floating in the water. To actually swim with the Dolphins you have to find a pod that does not have a baby (calf) and they pod has to show interest in the boat. It takes a while to find a pod to swim with. It was very exciting to be 12 inches from a wild dolphin.
We are going to an intense rugby game tonight.
Write back soon-