Dolphinately a Good Day
Every morning in the Maldives dolphins move into the atolls through reef channels to rest in shallow, sheltered areas. In the evening they leave the atolls and move offshore into deep water to feed on pelagic fishes at night. These are the best times for you to dolphinately have a good day!
While you’re out snorkelling or diving in the atolls keep your ears open, we often hear the whistles and clicks of the dolphins echolocation even if we can’t see them nearby. The Spinner Dolphin is the most commonly sighted and abundant cetacean species in the Maldives. They are easier to spot due to their acrobatic leaps and the big splashes that follow. Can you guess how they got their name? During their leaps they spin like a ballerina, showing off to the others in the pod.
In 1979 the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the body that regulates commercial whaling, declared that no more whaling should occur in the Indian Ocean and in 1999, the area was declared a “whale sanctuary for all time” by the Indian Ocean Marine Affairs Co-operation (IOMAC). We are lucky that the Maldives resides at the very heart of this sanctuary giving a safe home to over 20 species of dolphins and whales.
How many will you spot while you’re here?
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