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It's happening at Rangiroa, in the archipelago of Tuamotu. It is a huge atoll, whose lagoon forms a real inland sea: 80 km long, 32 km wide. You can never see the end of it!
The Motu (small coral island) all in length, where the tourist activity is concentrated, is surrounded by two passes, Avatoru and Tiputa, famous in the small world of divers... And for good reason. I can't resist the pleasure of showing you what happens, under the surface, when one "innocently" goes into the water to make bubbles in Tiputa's water:
If the dolphins are in a playful mood, they immediately come and twirl around the divers... You can hear them announcing themselves by whistling. You open your eyes behind your mask to see something in the blue. Suddenly, there they are!
They dance and whirl, going from one diver to another, not shy at all, not hesitating to graze you. You can see, in my little video, how hard it is for me to follow and keep in the lens one of these dolphins that is circling around me... I end up filming my flippers!
Of course, it is recommended not to touch the dolphins. But they are so familiar and they come so close, almost in contact, that many divers find it difficult to resist the reflex of reaching out to caress them in passing ...
Katy, from the excellent center Y Aka DivingIn Rangiroa, we explain that it is useless to palmer behind them or to try to approach them. They are the ones who decide and come to us. If they choose to do so, we avoid direct contact, but we can make gestures under the water and imitate their swimming, to stimulate them, to show them that we are playful moods and encourage them to stay…
It's her, with the yellow flippers, in the video, performing a whole water ballet with the dolphins!
Thank you, Katy, for these incredible moments !!!
Another video to (re) discover ...
If you like this kind of encounter with dolphins, I invite you to watch another short video, which I made in Egypt in October 2011. It was during a snorkeling trip in the Red Sea, in the bay of Sataya: