November 1, 2011. Excerpt from my travel journal.
We set out on the Indian Ocean and within 30 minutes or so we came upon a rare set of 8 Humpback dolphins. We followed them as they foraged for food. Two of them were calves, no more than 3 years old. We tracked how often they emerged from the water, identified them by their fins and marked the GPS coordinates of the path they were traveling along.
We later spotted several Bottlenose dolphins who were in the direct line of fire from tourists boats. Being in a small research boat, even I felt encroached on by these titanics, so I can only imagine how a frequency of these boats constantly chasing after the dolphins would change their entire way of life - they move in a different direction than they should just to escape, then find themselves in a part of the ocean where there is insufficient food or unclean water.