Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Enjoying the dolphins of the Azores

Today we finally have nice sea conditions after a week and a half of bad weather and stormy seas. Of course we only go out if conditions allow and it is safe, and today was our lucky day. We went out in the morning aboard our catamaran Quatro Ventos. We enjoyed riding the swells out there together with bottlenose dolphins and later common dolphins. The bottlenose dolphins were familiar faces, or rather familiar fins to us. From the unique natural marks on their dorsal fins we can see who is who, and today we encountered the group of "Bubblemaker". Bubblemaker is a dolphin that is easy to recognise not only from its dorsal fin, but also from its bubble-blowing behaviour. The bottlenose dolphins were diving, probably feeding, but we enjoyed some nice moments with them when they returned from their dives. The common dolphins were just as interesting to watch. These smaller dolphins are usually more active, and today was one of those days that we could really see this. They were darting around our boat, swimming alongside and in front and even mating for all to see. It's great to know that they are creating more baby dolphins for the next year!

Photos from today:

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins

Common dolphins

Common dolphin

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