Friday, May 13, 2016

Our dolphin friends

Today we had a nice day out on a calm ocean, spent in the company of dolphins. The visibility was too bad for us to spot whales further out, but the dolphins sure gave us great tours throughout the day. Out there we encountered both common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, two of our resident species. The bottlenose dolphins were very familiar to us, it was the group of "Bubblemaker", a dolphin we gave this name because of its bubble-blowing behaviour before surfacing. The calm conditions also allowed us to encounter many loggerhead turtles throughout the day, and even a leatherback turtle during both the first tour and the third tour.


Photos from the morning tour:


Watching bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

One of our boats with bottlenose dolphins

One of our boats with many common dolphins

Watching common dolphins

Common dolphins

Leatherback turtle sticking its head out of the water

Leatherback turtle shell



Photos from the early afternoon tour:

Bottlenose dolphin
 
A baby bottlenose dolphin

One of our boats with bottlenose dolphins

Watching common dolphins

Common dolphins

Watching a loggerhead turtle

Loggerhead turtle


Photos from the late afternoon tour:


Common dolphins


Face to face with a bottlenose dolphin

The famous bottlenose dolphin we call "Bubblemaker"

Another well-known member of Bubblemaker's group

Cory's shearwater taking off

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