Saturday, September 26, 2015

Azorean dolphins

Today we encountered two Azorean resident dolphin species. The most encountered species, the common dolphin, kept us company during the morning and afternoon tours and gave some unforgetable experiences for our dolphin swimming clients. We saw many juvenile dolphins in some of the encounters and these were the most playful members of the group. The other resident species we encountered was the Risso's dolphin during the morning tour. The group size was big for this species, we estimated about 30 individuals. We had some nice but short looks at them as they spent little time at the surface and kept lifting their tails to go on deep dives to hunt. 

Photos from today:

Juvenile common dolphin jumping

Risso's dolphin peaking over the waves

Common dolphin wave surfing

Our swimming boat in the afternoon

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