Saturday, July 12, 2014
The ferry brings us to the other side of the inlet to Tin Can Bay marina where the dolphins generally come to shore for a feed.
The (controlled) feeding will start at 8 am. Before that time we're allowed to watch.
We've taken off our shoes and rolled up the pant legs and are standing on the freezing sand, not really wanting to go into the even more freezing water, but after a while it doesn't feel so cold any more.
The temperatures had already plummeted below zero in some places inland, so the start of winter is really cold this year.
Soon it is 8 am and we are all handed a small bucket with a fish in it after we have rinsed our hands in an anti-bacterial solution so as not to bring any bacteria to the healthy dolphins.
One after the other we are allowed to enter the water and feed our fish to one of the two dolphins that have arrived for a feed. It is all very commercial, but it's a sign of the times and there is nothing that we can do about it. Just being happy that we get to feed them at all...
When the dolphins have been fed by the volunteers they know it's time to go. Not much later the pelicans turn up and want a bit of the spoils too.
At the end of the afternoon a BBQ awaits us (thanks to Kevin) and we have a delicious dinner with Tiger prawns.