Today the sea shaped it’s form, with blue hills coloring the landscape. Oscillation from the Atlantic allowed different species of dolphins to take advantage and use this to their advantage.

Being highly agile and using the waves to their benefit, dolphins have learned to use the mechanic energy of a wave in order to gain speed and utilise less energy when moving.

Today was proof of how this skill is used by these acrobatic marine mammals.

We sighted four species of dolphins each unique in its own way displaying different behaviours during every encounter.

Our first sighting started with a lovely group of around 6o Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) composed of juveniles and babies accompanied by adults in order to keep everyone in the pod, on their toes 😉

Not far away the ghostly looking Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) navigated the waters. Leaving us fascinated as usual with their white complexion which makes them unique.

Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis)  are still in the waters surrounding São Miguel and we could not be happier to know they are swimming around and looking as usual for that tasty fish!!!

But what really made our day was sighting for the second time this month of the massive Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Making it clear that they are different in so many ways from the coastal ones that our guest have sighted in the past in different parts of the world.

Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphin looking at our boat


Our guests were fascinated by all the different dolphins we sighted and said that never had they learned so much about the different species of dolphins that exist.

It is very important that species around the world whether inland or at sea are known by the people visiting their habitat.  🙂

So, happy discovering to everyone!!! … and remember to always be curious towards nature.


Anaïs Builly

About Anaïs Builly

Anais Builly is Marine Biologist and Master of Biology, Ecology and Ecosystems, and of Bioproducts & Bioproduction of Marine Ecosystems, studied in France and South Africa. She is also Marine Wildlife Guide & Community Manager at TERRA AZUL. She is passionate about conservation of marine mammals, and loves being out in the ocean everyday.

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