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__________________________________________________________________________________ Mammals 37 Ė Bottlenose Dolphins











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         These certainly arenít the best photographs of Bottlenose Dolphins Tursiops truncatus that you will see but to be fair to the photographer they were taken in very trying conditions, namely through a small window from the lower deck of a small, rocking boat during a return trip from Lunga off the west coast of Scotland. There was already somebody sitting in the seat adjacent to the window and as a manual 400mm lens was being used the cetaceans needed to emerge in exactly the right place as the field of view was so narrow. Manual focussing needed to be instantaneous otherwise the opportunity to take any photographs would have been lost. There wasnít much time available either. It was therefore remarkable that on a couple of occasions one of the dolphins emerged in exactly the right place! The first photograph has been cropped as the subject was off centre and the second emergence was far too close for a complete focussing adjustment to be made. One day it is hoped that a better opportunity will arise and that it might be possible to take some photographs from the upper deck of a boat surrounded by dolphins and with their heads showing!




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