A Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) rides the wake of Terra Azul boat.
Even if the Easterly winds that grounded us the last two days have started to easy off, they left us a ‘kind’ reminder of how powerful the Ocean is 😉
In other words, Swell, about a couple of meters. The wave period was good though, and allowed our boats to climb and descend without getting too wet, thanks also to the experience of our skippers, of course! We first encountered a large pod of Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) feeding together with Cory’s Shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) and Great Shearwaters (Puffinus gravis). Shearwaters were diving alongside the head of the dolphin pod and catching several fish. Yellow-legged Gulls (Larus michahellis) were stalking them hoping to get birds to regurgitate the fish. This behavior is known as kleptoparasitism.
After we observed dolphins’ work-up and birds’ feeding frenzy, we moved toward the West riding the swell (trust me, planing on the top of two meter waves with one of our zodiacs is quite fun!). We found a large pod of Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis), and also some sea birds taking advantage of the fish scared by the travelling dolphins, like the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) in the picture below.
For today this is all, to the next adventure on the Ocean! 🙂