Friday, April 19, 2013

Bluefin tuna, dolphins and seabirds

This morning we went out on our catamaran "Cetus". Our first stop was to watch a feeding frenzy not far from Ponta Delgada. We approached a large group of birds (Cory's shearwaters and yellow-legged gulls) diving down to grab fish from the surface. We saw a lot of splashing so we were eagerly looking around for dolphins among the birds. Instead of dolphins we spotted several bluefin tuna leaping out of the water. It was amazing to see the large dolphin-sized fish jumping clear out of the water. During the tour we came across many more birds, including a pomarine skua, a species we have not seen here for a while. In the end we also encountered several small groups of common dolphins just off the coast of Mosteiros to the west of São Miguel Island. There were several juvenile dolphins in the group, including one curious youngster that was playing around our boat. The sun made an appearance as we were heading back, enjoying the views of the south coast of the island.

Bluefin tuna making a splash landing after a jumping high

Cory's shearwaters fishing

Common dolphin


Fishing boat

Dolphin watchers

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