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« on: July 22, 2007, 01:06:06 CET »

Hi,

I'd like to ask everyone's verdict when one comes across Dolphins in the general fishing area. I know they spell disaster for Lampuki as they tend to raid the FADs, but what about Albacore and Bluefin max 15kgs. I don't suppose they're able to eat them but I imagine they will drive the fish out of the area, is that a fair assumption.

Today this was very apparent when dolphins turned up, fish buggered off and so did most of the local fisherman from Freeport, Mscala etc.

Would be interested to hear your thoughts.

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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2007, 08:36:17 CET »

If they are feeding hang around them, as other fish species will be there feeding as well...But if they are just cruising they will be looking for a feed. I have heard that tuna sometimes hang towards the back of a school of dolphines knowing that eventualy dolphines will find a school of fish for them too.
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2007, 14:06:54 CET »

Last summer I was catching Lampuki from a FAD while watching 3 massive dolphins playing and jumping around a few hundred meters away. So don't throw the towel when dolphins are there.
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2007, 16:04:02 CET »

Good to know, no idea why yesterday was so poor for everyone.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2007, 21:49:14 CET »

last tuesday and yesterday i saw what i taught was a dolphin but was very big about 20ft or more about 2 miles from land at gnejna area. than a man told me that his friend spent about 30 min taken photos of two whales near filfla. and this morning there was an article that there are fin whales in maltese water. it must have been one of those that i saw
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2007, 21:27:57 CET »

Reading this gives me shivers. I was going out for Albacore last Friday, and when I was around 2 kms away from Ghajn Tuffieha I saw a massive fin coming out of the water. I didn't stop to look, but I knew it was not a dolphin, and nor a shark as it looked very different than anything I ever saw. Now I think I know what I saw!
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2007, 07:43:39 CET »

Whales aren't going to bother you. In fact enjoy the sight and throw them some fish, just make sure it doesn't land too close to the boat!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2007, 10:54:44 CET »

Big blue fin Tuna do hang around with dolphins. In fact that's why some Tuna cans are labeled as Dolphin Friendly. That's because dolphins tend to be caught when Tuna are purse-seined. So blue fins are definately a probability if there are dolphins.  However I doubt wether anything else (including Albacore) would hang around with dolphins.

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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2007, 11:06:22 CET »

filfla area - around 3 miles out

A friend of mine saw the whale last Saturday
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2007, 16:38:27 CET »

In theory yes, they won't do anything. However nature has it that since I only have a 13ft boat, instinct tells me to run for my life when I see one! Howver, i didn't expect it to be a whale. I thought it could be a fish I never saw, definitely not a whale.

In one of my books I have a guide as to which dolphins and whales make it in as far as Malta. I was surprised to see the Sperm Whale included!
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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2007, 21:25:29 CET »

you think that is strange i caught a trumpet fish endemic of south america
Chris has caught red snapper (African) and a Salmon yes the ones you eat and you think seeing a whale is strange


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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2007, 21:10:21 CET »

Wow, what a weird looking fish Simon.... looks like something out of Jurassic Park! Was it caught on a rod and line? 
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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2007, 14:08:58 CET »

no it was caught spearfishing off gozo.
as far as i know 7 where caught till now all speared on the west coast
ps it was delicious white flesh no bones
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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2009, 16:01:25 CET »

i spotted 2 dolphins today at comino
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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2009, 20:29:33 CET »

At the moment dolphins are closer to shore, probably because they are undisturbed. Last Sunday I saw around 6 dolphins not more than 200 metres from the shore in Mellieha. Quite a sight. And it was not the first time.
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