The dolphins of the Azores were very active and social this morning. During our tour out on the ocean we encountered two of our resident dolphin species: common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. They really brightened up the day for us with their curiosity, their wave surfing behaviour and the high vertical leaps in the case of the bottlenose dolphins. Although we experienced a bit of drizzle throughout the morning the dolphins put a smile on all our faces.
Common dolphins wave surfing
Hide and seek with a common dolphin
Bottlenose dolphins at play
A well known individual we have seen frequently over the past months
Each dolphin is individually identifiable by the unique pattern of marks on its dorsal fin
One of the rainbows of the morning