Friday, July 18, 2014

3 dolphin species in one day

Today we spent the day with 3 dolphins species: bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins. In both the morning and afternoon we enjoyed the company of several groups of these 3 species and our swimmers had some lovely encounters underwater also. As is common for this time of the year we also saw many baby dolphins of all species, including some newborns that were still wrinkly from being in the womb. During the day the wind picked up, but this made our time with the dolphins all the more exciting as they seemed to enjoy surfing the waves and leaping out of them. The day ended on a high note as we encountered a very well known resident group of bottlenose dolphins. The group is made up of about 60-70 individuals and includes two well known individuals called "Egípcio" and "Submarine" who both have unusual dorsal fins. We were lucky to see that Submarine had contributed a brand new baby dolphin to the group and she was proudly swimming alongside our zodiac boat with the small calf.

Photos from the morning:

Playful common dolphin calf leaping in front of our catamaran

Common dolphin calf leaping

The race is on! Atlantic spotted dolphins racing our catamaran as we are travelling

These Atlantic spotted dolphins can travelling at least 40 km/hr!

One of our zodiac boats outside of Ponta Delgada

Another one of our zodiac boats

Our boat "Song of Whales" used for our full day tour that includes a visit to Vila Franca Islet

Our catamaran passing Vila Franca Islet

Enjoying the views of Vila Franca Islet from aboard our catamaran

Photos from the afternoon:

A fun ride aboard our zodiac

The bottlenose dolphins were the highlight of this tour!

Spot the baby bottlenose dolphin!

Mother and calf

Adult and juvenile bottlenose dolphins leaping next to our boat

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