Monday, August 26, 2013

Dolphin watching

Today has been a great day on the sea full of dolphins. In the morning we encountered 3 species: common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins. In the end the bottlenose dolphins joined up with the Atlantic spotted dolphins and we had the two species bowriding side by side in front of our catamaran. We could all see the big size difference between the bottlenose dolphins (3.5-4 m) and Atlantic spotted dolphins (3.2 m). In the afternoon we resighted the Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins and both our observation boat and swimming boats got to enjoy their company while they were feeding together with Cory's shearwaters. Those that were swimming also had the lucky and rare chance to swim with a devil ray (check back later for a blog post on this encounter which will include underwater images taken by a client aboard).

Photos from today:

Common dolphin - our first sighting of the day




Photos of dolphin watching from our catamaran

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Our boat in the morning with bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin calf jumping next to its mother

Baby face (bottlenose dolphins)

Newborn bottlenose dolphin calf (the stripes are fetal folds)

Face to face with a large bottlenose dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphin (the adult is spotted, the juvenile is grey)

2 bottlenose dolphins with a Atlantic spotted dolphin in front (note the size difference)

A leaping Atlantic spotted dolphin in the afternoon

A leaping Atlantic spotted dolphin in the afternoon

Cory's shearwaters - seen during a feeding frenzy with common dolphins in the afternoon

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