Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) calf practicing his leaps

A rough day at sea is better than any day at the office.

This morning our brave guests went out on a pretty wild sea. The wind was blowing from the east across the surface creating high waves. Our lookout spotted a big pod of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) travelling to… yes the east :-). So we had to brave the waves. What an adventure on this blowy ocean. The excitement only got bigger when we encountered the dolphins. Probably they just finished feeding. Some Cory’s Shearwater were still around, hungry for dessert. Atlantic Spotted Dolphins are mostly in a friendly and curious mood. Today was no different. They started to socialize and approached our boat. We even saw a tiny newborn, being probably not more than 90 cm.

The weather conditions didn’t allow us to take pictures today, but here some nice shots from earlier.

 

Atlantic Spotted Dolphins with a pregnant female (Stenella frontalis)

 

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis)

 

Baby Spotted Dolphin training how to breach (Stenella frontalis)

 

Later on the tour, close to Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo, we also got surprised by a travelling group of Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis).

 

Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

Jessie Ocket

About Jessie Ocket

Jessie is a Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2019. She has a strong passion for the ocean, the marine ecosystem and the complex interactions between the species living in it. Totally ready to educate Humans and collect data for MONICET - The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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