Monday, October 31, 2011

Last day of October

This year the summer seems to have has come and gone very fast, as we are already in the last day of October. But we are still getting plenty of really good whale watching and dolphin swimming tours, and today we were even lucky enough to have really excellent calm sea conditions. This morning we had a boat going out for swimming with dolphins and another for whale watching, and it did not take us long before we encountered a group of common dolphins just outside of Ponta Delgada. Throughout the rest of the morning we moved around several different groups our 3 resident dolphin species: common dolphins, Risso's dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Our swimming clients had an especially great experience swimming with around 100 bottlenose dolphins:

Swimming with bottlenose dolphins

 One of our resident bottlenose dolphins

The Risso's dolphins were also really special to see today. First we encountered a lone individual that was chasing a small local fishing boat. We often see these dolphins hanging around fishing boats, as they love to take the squid that the fishermen are fishing out of the deep waters. Not long after we encountered a larger group of Risso's dolphins, perhaps the lone individual belongs this group. This is something we will be able to confirm later when we analyse photographs that we take of their dorsal fins for identification.

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