Friday, November 30, 2012

A sea full of dolphins

This morning we had some incredible encounters with three species of dolphins: bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins. Today the dolphins were very curious towards us, especially the spotted dolphins which spent a lot of time swimming slowly around us very close to the boat and often looking up at us. As well as our above water photos we managed to get some great underwater videos.

Bottlenose dolphins close to Ponta Delgada

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins

How we film the dolphins underwater without entering the water

Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Spotted dolphins approaching our boat

Our biologist Ida filming underwater from the boat

Ida after filming underwater

Our biologist Miranda filming underwater from the boat

Miranda after filming underwater

Happy with the footage, biologists??

Our skipper Mario in contact with our lookout, 
finding us another species of dolphin to watch

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Spotted dolphins looking at our propeller

Spotted dolphins looking at our propeller and playing in the bubbles

Male spotted dolphin looking at our boat

Making some bubbles

Spotted dolphins

Videos of spotted and common dolphins

Common dolphin making a bubble ring

Videos of common dolphins

Group of common dolphins in front of the boat

Common dolphin blowing a ring of bubbles

Close up of the bubbles

Common dolphins

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