Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dolphin adventures

This morning we had an adventurous ride on two of our zodiac boats. The tour started with an encounter with a small group of common dolphins that were hanging around a mackerel fishing boat just outside of Ponta Delgada where we depart from. There were several small groups of common dolphins spread throughout the area and they appeared to be hunting. Further to the west we encountered a well known group of bottlenose dolphins that we have been seeing here regularly over the past few months. We recognised several individuals in the group from their distinct dorsal fins (we photograph them to keep track of the individuals we see here).

Now for the afternoon the sun has come out so that our clients can enjoy the rest of the day exploring the beautiful island of São Miguel.

Bottlenose dolphins playing in the waves

Bottlenose dolphins

Our skipper Mario

Our biologist Ida showing a bucket full of barnacles we picked up from the water

 Detail of the gooseneck barnacles (Lepas anatifera) living on the bucket

Common dolphins
Loggerhead turtle
Fishing boat

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