Friday, November 30, 2012

A sea full of dolphins

This morning we had some incredible encounters with three species of dolphins: bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins. Today the dolphins were very curious towards us, especially the spotted dolphins which spent a lot of time swimming slowly around us very close to the boat and often looking up at us. As well as our above water photos we managed to get some great underwater videos.

Bottlenose dolphins close to Ponta Delgada

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins

How we film the dolphins underwater without entering the water

Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Spotted dolphins approaching our boat

Our biologist Ida filming underwater from the boat

Ida after filming underwater

Our biologist Miranda filming underwater from the boat

Miranda after filming underwater

Happy with the footage, biologists??

Our skipper Mario in contact with our lookout, 
finding us another species of dolphin to watch

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Spotted dolphins looking at our propeller

Spotted dolphins looking at our propeller and playing in the bubbles

Male spotted dolphin looking at our boat

Making some bubbles

Spotted dolphins

Videos of spotted and common dolphins

Common dolphin making a bubble ring

Videos of common dolphins

Group of common dolphins in front of the boat

Common dolphin blowing a ring of bubbles

Close up of the bubbles

Common dolphins

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Common dolphins with underwater footage

This morning we had a tour on one of our zodiac boats and it turned out to be a nice trip with several groups of common dolphins and beautiful weather. The first group of dolphins were not too interested in us, so we moved on to the second group which was made up of about 20 dolphins that were very keen to bowride. We got to see the dolphins very well, swimming around and under our boat (see underwater video further down). The final group we encountered was a feeding group that was seen leaping and chasing fish at the surface.

Mario, our skipper

Heading out to sea

High leap from one of the last dolphins sighted

Video from today

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Video from 2012-11-11

Wonderful video from one of our swimming tours this month filmed by our Marine Biologist Miranda. We had a lovely group of bottlenose dolphins this day, and great swimming with them :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Beautiful video of common dolphins underwater

Enjoy this wonderful video filmed yesterday by Miranda van der Linde, one of our Marine Biologists

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sei whale and underwater images of common dolphins

Today our onshore watchman spotted a sei whale for us. A great find, especially for this time of the year. The whale was travelling south leaving the island, so we were lucky to see this whale before it continues its migration to warmer waters further south from here. As well as the whale we also encountered several groups of common dolphins, some of which were feeding together with Cory's shearwaters and great shearwaters.

Sei whale

Sei whale

Sei whale

Sei whale

Common dolphin wave surfing


Bowriding underwater view

Common dolphins underwater

Dolphin pooing. WATCH OUT SWIMMERS!

Dolphins are very social animals. Dolphin hug!

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