Thursday, October 11, 2012

4 species of curious dolphins all around us

Today was a great day for watching dolphins. We had two boats out on the water in the morning and we sighted four different species: Atlantic spotted dolphin, Common dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin (for those on our catamaran) and Risso's dolphin (for those on our zodiac). Many of the dolphins had a very calm and curious behaviour, coming up close to our boats and showing themselves really well. The water was also really calm and it became clearer throughout the tour so that we could see the animals really well swimming beneath our boats. The following photos were taken from our catamaran this morning:

A couple of short videos were also made of the bottlenose dolphins with the catamaran. See the first video here and the second video here.

A large group of the common dolphins were also filmed underwater. See the video here.

Atlantic spotted dolphin high leap

Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Face to face with common dolphins

Common dolphin leaping (followed by its calf)

Common dolphins (mother and calf)

Common dolphins next to our boat

Common dolphins in clear water

Watching bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin next to the boat

Eye to eye with a large bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins all around us

Bottlenose dolphin

Watching bottlenose dolphins

Our catamaran

Enjoying coastal views on our return to the marina

Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphin

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