This is the moment hundreds of migrating dolphins pass just inches tourist boat off the coast of Bali sparking calls for a ban on tourists in the area.
The enormous dolphin pod was filmed off Lovina Beach, known for its coral reefs and dolphin sightings, on the northern coast of Bali in Indonesia.
Video Credit: AsiaWire
The area is popular with visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the Bali Sea’s impressive marine life, possibly a dolphin or two, but one group of tourists were fortunate to see a pod of hundreds.
In the video footage, tourists are heard applauding and whooping as hundreds of dolphins dive through the water in front of their boat.
Budi Kurniawan, head of Bali’s Natural Resources Conservation Centre (BKSDA), said that the area off Lovina Beach is a well-known migration route for dolphins.
They are known to migrate from eastern Indonesia, past northern Bali and the Java Sea, then onto the Indian Ocean.
Kurniawan said: “This is part of their transit route, and it’s pretty intense. This is because [the Lovina area] is where warm and cold currents meet, and this is what dolphins are fond of.”
He added that there needs to be a “zoning system” for tourism in the region that does not disturb the animals’ migration routes and protects marine areas and wildlife.
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