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Catriona swims with dolphins
Catriona swims with dolphins
Spotting the dolphins is easy

Glenelg Dolphins

Thursday, August 14, 2003
Catriona is fulfilling one of her long-held dreams; taking a swim at sunrise with dolphins.

Holdfast Shores Marina on Glenelg's foreshore is open day and night. Choosing where you want to eat is no easy task — there is Mediterranean cuisine, a noodle bar, oyster bar, a bar and bistro, seafood restaurant, sushi station, wine bar and an ice-cream parlour. There are also retail shops to wander through and spectacular views of St Vincent's Gulf.

Something at the marina which most people find more interesting than eating and shopping are the resident dolphins. Stephen Waites from Temptation Sailing offers you a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with these fascinating creatures.

Temptation, an aluminium catamaran, was the first vessel in South Australia to be given a licence to approach and study the mammals. In this case, they actually come to the boat, rather than the other way around.

The gulf has more than a 1000 common and bottlenose dolphins. If you do not get to swim with them, they refund the difference between the watch and the swim.

Cruises take off at 8am, as that is when there is most action in the dolphin community. About 100 metres from the marina you stop and look for signs of dolphin pods. They are usually to the south and you might go as far as 10km along the coastline. You will usually spot about eight pods and they all stop and let swimmers join them, usually for about 10-15 minutes.

Stephen greets the dolphins on his water scooter, which gets them going. Passengers can swim — in which case they are kitted out in a wetsuit — or just observe. Everyone is briefed and Stephen is very strict about the dolphins being treated with total respect. They must not be touched.

MoHawk, so named because of a scar she has across her blowhole, gave birth to Jade in the sheltered waters and in no time the baby was enjoying the company of human children. She is one of a handful of dolphins around the world that will travel a long distance, bringing other dolphins, if she thinks there are people to play with. Her antics have been filmed over the last couple of years and she will soon star in a documentary made just about her.


15 minutes from Adelaide


Temptation Sailing Dolphin Swims are $98 per person, $88 for under 15 years of age. Dolphin Watch is $48 and $38 for under 15 years of age.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Temptation Sailing
Holdfast Shores Marina
Glenelg 5045
Ph: 0412 811 838
Fax: (08) 8359 5642

Qantas: 13 13 13

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