Just returned from the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, fantastic spot with amazing islands and marine life. This spot is a dream destination for cruising and holidays.
This is a New Zealand Bottlenose dolphin, which are among the largest Bottlenoses in the world, reaching almost four meters in length, and weighing as much as a 300kg.
Bottlenose dolphins reach sexual maturity between 7 and 12 years old. Mature females give birth to a single calf every 2-4 years. Maximum lifespan is at least 40 years.
They can reach speeds of 20-22 knots. This guy was surfing the pressure wave from the bow of our boat.