Friday, December 16, 2016

Wild dolphin behaviour

During this morning's tour we encountered several groups of common dolphins displaying different types of behaviours. Throughout most of the morning the dolphins were feeding actively at the surface, having an extended breakfast it seems. We could see the dolphins working together to herd large schools of garfish and move into position for the hunt. We watched them chasing the fish at top speed, often leaping out into the air after the small fish which tried to escape by leaving the water. The garfish sometimes tried to use our boat for shelter, but there was no escape from the hungry dolphins, and later also yellow-legged gulls which came to join in on the feeding frenzy. As well as this feeding, we also observed a lot of bowriding behaviour, meaning we got to see the dolphins up close and hear their whistles, and we also got to see a bit mating when several dolphin groups joined up. It was a real wild dolphin show today!


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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you so much. The boat ride was great with a fantastic team and a splendid sun!

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