Harbour dolphins - 'Give them space'

Dolphins visit Otago Harbour last week. More dolphins have been seen in the harbour today. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Dolphins visit Otago Harbour last week. More dolphins have been seen in the harbour today. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Bottle-nosed dolphins have been seen in the Otago Harbour again today, their appearance prompting a call for caution from the Department of Conservation.

Doc ranger Jim Fyfe said the dolphins were spotted at St Leonards heading up the harbour towards the city at 9am.

"If you are out in the harbour boating today, treat them with respect and give them space," Mr Fyfe said.

He recommended no wake speed within 300m of the dolphins.

"We had a few complaints when they were in the harbour last time (last week) of a jetski moving in among them, we don't want any repeats of that sort of thing."

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We were watching the dolphins feeding in the harbour yesterday and were shocked to see a speedboat go right through the middle of the pod at high speed. It almost seemed that the intention was to kill or maim the mammals. I hope the public keeps an eye out to make sure these great creatures are not subjected to some "100% clean green treatment" that we are so well know to dish out occasionally. Next time I will have my camera ready to record anything that goes down.

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