Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dolphin frenzy

Today we had a fantastic day out on the ocean swimming with and watching several different dolphin species. We tried to find a fin whale that our lookout had seen in the morning, but after waiting and searching and searching some more we never found it so we focused on the dolphins. We encountered bottlenose dolphins in the morning, including the group of Bubblemaker. Our small boat also encountered common dolphins and the catamaran Atlantic spotted dolphins in the morning. In the afternoon we searched a different area and again came across different dolphin groups. We had common dolphins closer to shore and Atlantic spotted dolphins further out. From our small boat we could identify Victor, the common dolphin with a folded dorsal fin. We got to see some nice behaviours including very high jumps from the Atlantic spotted dolphins and plenty of bowriding with our boats.

Photos from the morning:

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

Spotted dolphin

Common dolphin

One of our dolphin swimming boats

Photos from the afternoon:

A common dolphin we call Victor

Common dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphin

A very high leap from an Atlantic spotted dolphin

An Atlantic spotted dolphin with its dorsal fin tip bitten off

We had some keen bird watchers aboard and were lucky to spot this pomarine skua

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