Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dolphins and a sunfish


Today we had some more unusual encounters as well as some common ones. In the morning we started off with a few groups of common dolphins near the coastline, just out of Ponta Delgada. After enjoying some time with the dolphins we ventured offshore where we encountered an ocean sunfish (Mola mola) at the surface. It was our first sighting of this species this year and from one of our boats we got to see it really well and also film it underwater. Our same clients later had the same luck with a loggerhead turtle at the surface, also together with a fish (in this case a triggerfish). 

In the afternoon we resighted the common dolphins and lots of birds, such as common terns, great skua and Cory's shearwater. On our way back we stopped at several points along the coastline to enjoy the great view.

Photos from the morning:


Underwater footage of the sunfish. To see the video click the image above

Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) at the surface

Loggerhead turtle together with a triggerfish








 One of our boats with common dolphins this morning






Photos from the afternoon:

 Our zodiac Alfredo leaving the marina

Four common dolphins


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