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How to spot the Dolphins in Maldives

The vibrant world of sea creatures

By Amie GinendraPublished 3 years ago 3 min read
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The vibrant world of sea creatures is one of the main attractions in the Maldives. This breath-taking archipelago is also known as one of the best Dolphin watching locations in the world. A considerable number of resorts in the Maldives offer dolphin watching excursions to guests. Let us get into the intricacies of dolphin watching in the Indian Ocean.

Why you need to check the weather forecast

Weather plays a big part in whether you will be able to spot dolphins or not. The better the weather the better your chances are for spotting frolicsome dolphins at their best. The best weather for dolphin watching is bright yet cloudy without the chance of meatballs. Strong wind, heavy rain and even too much sunshine can hinder your chances of spotting these playful creatures. Since a good number of Maldives luxury resorts offer dolphin watching tours, you would be better off booking with yours. Resorts such as the Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi offer Dhoni (traditional Maldivian seafaring vessels) tours to go looking for dolphins.

Why timing is important in dolphin spotting

Dolphins come out near the surface in the morning and afternoon hours. However, you should consider allowing for plenty of hours to increase your chances of spotting dolphins. If possible, make a day out of it and include a few other activities such as snorkelling to pass time. Also, dress in layers. You could expect the weather to change anytime.

Why you need to maintain your distance

Whenever you spot a dolphin, keep a decent distance. If you move closer, they will swim deeper into the ocean and disappear from view. The crystal-clear water of the Maldives makes for great dolphin watching waters. And dolphins tend to be quite friendly. If you are decent enough to maintain a proper distance and give them space, they will come close to the boat. They truly are such inquisitive creatures.

What you need to pack for dolphin watching

Take your best pair of binoculars. We cannot stress this enough. You'll be able to spot those aquatic heroes, even before your guide does. Take your reusable bottle of water. Don't forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. You could also pack a handy snack for energy boosts during your expedition.

How to spot dolphins

There are few signs to watch out for if you wish to spot dolphins. If you see feeding birds circle one area or see still water or oily slicks (these are called footprints), you might be about to spot a dolphin. Also, keep an eye out for waves moving in the seemingly wrong direction or breaking wave crests. Big splashes could indicate dolphins in the water. Take your binoculars and scan the water slowly, from the waters to the horizon. Keep doing this until you spot tell-tale signs of a dolphin tail.

Why you should never feed dolphins

Some people throw food in the sea to attract dolphins. This is a big non no, not just because it is not environmentally friendly, but also because it would scare dolphins away. They are sensitive creatures and anything unusual would send them off, on a voyage of their own. However, what they crave, much like us is validation. You can clap, cheer and whistle. They love a good audience.

Why you should not try snorkelling with dolphins alone

Swimming with dolphins can be a lot of fun. But it can also be dangerous. If the dolphin pod includes baby dolphins, the mothers tend to be highly alert, fiercely protective and ready to attack. Otherwise, friendly dolphin mothers could attack you like a shark, if they think you would even remotely harm their babies.

The best advice we can give is 'exercise patience.' Dolphins come to those who wait patiently, in good weather.

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Amie Ginendra

Traveller | Writer | Foodie Lover | Blogger

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