We never really think about what animals go through…

I would like to invite all our readers to really understand what it would be like to be a marine mammal!!!!

Today in our morning tour we found three different species of dolphins on our Atlantic waters. The first one, one of our resident species the Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis). The second and third, two migratory species; The Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) and the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis).

We estimated around a thousand dolphins, swimming close to the island, looking for fish. There was a big tropical storm recently in Azores and the sea was filled with plastic debris as a consequence. The importance of preserving our marine life regardless of their size is a crucial priority. Dolphins and whales have to travel long distances in order to be able to feed and breed in and insure their survival. Imagine being a dolphin trying to find fish all day long, avoiding plastic pollution, transit-boat pollution, noise pollution and chemical pollution. What a pain on the Flipper !!!

We don’t really understand how special our ecosystems are, and how important animals are. We really don’t know for how long these animals are going to be swimming in our oceans. Please let you always be amazed by all animals small and big. As a marine biologist I feel lucky enough to be amazed by the smallest organism to the biggest one.

Our morning tour then ended with the sighting of a Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) another beautiful reminder of how special these animals are.

Loggerhead turtle

So another great morning in my favourite place on earth… in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Anaïs Builly

About Anaïs Builly

Anais Builly is Marine Biologist with a Master's degree in Bioproducts & Bioproduction of Marine Ecosystems as well as Master's degree in Biology, Ecology and Ecosystems. She studied in France and South Africa and is now working as a guide in Terra Azul. She feels very passionate about the conservation of marine mammals, and loves being out in the ocean everyday.

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