A pod of dolphins went mostly unnoticed as they splashed and swam around moored boats like they were completing an obstacle course in Waikawa Bay yesterday.
About seven dolphins swam into the bay and broke into two groups to play around the boats in calm water under a sunny sky from about 9.30am to 11am.
One group came very near the marina entrance, jumping and diving a few metres away from the wave-breaker but retreated into the bay to rejoin the other dolphins.
The large number of boats moored in the bay kept the dolphins largely hidden and they were difficult to spot unless they broke the surface as a group. Some slapped their tails on the water while others slunk along nearby.
The marina and surrounding bay were very quiet with little activity from boat-owners and passing traffic. A boat moved near the pod as it was preparing to leave the bay, breaking the silence on the water as a seal that was lounging on a boatshed ramp looked on.
A fisherman walked out along the jetty with a young boy, who pointed out a particularly bright orange buoy and failed to glimpse the dolphins until he noticed a photographer taking pictures.
The dolphin sightings followed a similar show in Picton Harbour, near the boats moored outside the Edwin Fox Museum, last month.
- The Marlborough Express