Sunday, October 13, 2013

In the company of dolphins

This morning we saw our 3 most encountered dolphin species of the summer - common dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. The bottlenose dolphins were seen together with spotted dolphins and they were putting on an impressive display with their high jumps. Although we had incredible dolphin sightings it was a very difficult day for photography as we had a wavy sea so that our boats were constantly moving under us. Nevertheless our biologists managed to get some photos of the bottlenose dolphins, many of which will be useful for our scientific research (we routinely photograph the dorsal fins of bottlenose dolphins to identify the individuals - a technique called photo-ID).

Photos from this morning:

Bottlenose dolphin mother with it's calf

Active bottlenose dolphins

One of our zodiacs with the dolphins

Our second zodiac boat on the water this morning

Photo-ID: 3 of the different bottlenose dolphins we can identify from this morning's group

Top deck of our catamaran "Cetus"

A keen bird watcher - during our tours we also look for other species, including marine birds

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