Friday, January 30, 2015

A surprise dolphin encounter

This morning out on the ocean we had some great encounters with three groups of dolphins, each of them a different species and with very different behaviours. First was a group of bottlenose dolphins who were calmly surfacing around our boats, next was a group of more active common dolphins that had some very young babies in the group and were not shy to come close to check us out. The last encounter was a nice surprise as it was our first striped dolphins of the year. This offshore species visits the Azores occasionally, mostly during the spring, so it is nice to know that we are approaching that time of the year again. As they often are, the striped dolphins were very active at the surface, making high leaps across the surface and a lot of splashes as they all traveled together in a tight group.

Striped dolphin

Striped dolphin mother and calf

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Common dolphins

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