Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dolphin watching in São Miguel

Today we returned to the ocean with our catamaran "Cetus" as well as a zodiac boat in the morning. In the morning we encountered common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins (in a mixed group with more common dolphins). The sea was swelly, but it gave us a fun ride as we traveled over the smooth waves. By the afternoon the sea was almost completely flat and within a few minutes of leaving Ponta Delgada we already encountered a nice group of up to 100 common dolphins. Further to the West we encountered 3 bottlenose dolphins and then we enjoyed a coastal ride back, stopping for a quick look at Rocha da Relva before continuing back to Ponta Delgada.

Photos from this morning:

Bottlenose dolphin group

Bottlenose dolphin baby face peeking out from behind its mother's dorsal fin

Bottlenose dolphin - an old and scarred individual

Dolphin watching from our catamaran

Dolphin watching from our zodiac

Bottlenose dolphins

Common dolphin with unusual markings and colouration

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Photos from this afternoon:

Common dolphins

Rocha da Relva - people here have traditional stone houses close to the sea and use donkeys and horses (shown in the picture) to transport things up and down the cliff

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