On the weekend we had the opportunity for an afternoon at Kubbar Island with our good friends George and Michelle Lambross and our boys.
The wind had abated the day before, so weather conditions were near perfect departing from Marina Crescent. As always, we kept an eye out for birds on route with the odd Lesser Crested Tern and a few large White-headed Gulls seen.
However, the highlight of the trip was coming across a pod of between 20 - 25 Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins (a first for me in Kuwait), halfway to Kubbar. We stopped the boat and enjoyed their company as the swam around the boat for almost 20-minutes.
From Wikipedia it states that up until 1998, all Bottlenose Dolpins were considered members of the single species T.truncatus. In that year, the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) was recognised as a separate species. T. aduncus is generally smaller than T.truncatus, has a propotionally longer rostrum and has spots on its belly and lower sides (whch we didnt see).
Here are a selection of images from this enjoyable encounter.
|Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus)|
After a relaxing afternoon snorkelling and relaxing at Kubbar, we enjoyed the tranquil sunset on the return to Marina Crescent
|Sunset over Salmiya|