Dolphins frolic in Lyall Bay

Pod spotted frolicking off capital's south coast

Last updated 09:49 29/01/2013
Lyall Bay dolphins
PHIL REID/Fairfax NZ

MAKING A SPLASH: A kayaker heads out to greet a pod of dolphins in Lyall Bay this morning.

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A pod of about 50 dolphins is spending the morning in Lyall Bay.

They were still in the south coast Wellington bay shortly after 9am, and are believed to have been there for at least two hours before then.

Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger Brent Tandy said it was likely the dolphins were chasing fish in the bay's shallow water.

Pods of up to 200 had previously been seen off the south coast - a common dolphin sighting ground.

People should stay clear of the pod, partly because of rules around approaching them and because people could get accidentally hit while swimming with them.

''Watch them but let them do their own thing.''

Lyall Bay woman Enid White said the dolphins had got within 50m of the shore and appeared to be playing.

A pair of kayakers were out surrounded by the pod shortly after 9am.

Did you see the dolphins? Email news@dompost.co.nz.

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