Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could gave been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:
It's happening at Rangiroa, in the archipelago of Tuamotu. It is an immense atoll, whose lagoon forms a true inland sea: 80 km long, 32 km wide. We never see the end!
The Motu (small island coral) 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 not resist the pleasure of showing you what happens beneath the surface when we "innocently" go into the water to make bubbles in Tiputa's:
If the dolphins are playful, they come to whirl around the divers ... We hear them announce themselves by hisses. There is a widening of the eyes behind the mask to distinguish something in the blue. And suddenly, there are!
They dance and spin, going from one diver to another, not shy at all, not hesitating to graze you. We can see in my short video how hard it is to follow and keep in the lens one of these dolphins that turns around ... I end up filming my fins!
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 is she, with the yellow flippers, in the video, who performs a whole aquatic ballet with the dolphins!
Thank you, Katy, for those incredible moments! ! !
Another video to (re) discover ...
If you like this kind of encounter with dolphins, I invite you to watch another small video, which I made in Egypt, in October 2011. It was during a snorkeling (palms-mask-snorkel) in Red Sea, in Sataya Bay: