Hello everyone,

The weather finally changed and after a few days of rain and fog, we had cloudless skies and beautiful sunshine!

Guests and guides were excited to be out on the sea and not too long after we left the marina we spotted a big and very playful group of Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). They stayed around our boat for a while and gave our guests a beautiful spectacle. Looking closer you could spot scars and scratches on their bodies, due to fights between males or aggressive behaviour of males towards females while mating.

 

 

Later on our lookout spotted a Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis). Belonging to the family of Baleen Whales, they usually migrate to northern waters . We didn’t expect them to still be around, but of course we were very happy to spot this animal.
When other boats arrived, we decided to better move and leave some space to not stress the animal, as any kind of disturbances and noises can cause stress and a change of behaviour in whales.

 

Sei whale  (Baleia sardinheira)

 

On our way back we were lucky enough to spot another species of dolphins – the Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis). A lot smaller and lighter than the Bottlenose Dolphin and very different in shape and colouration.

In the afternoon tours we also saw Common and Bottlenose Dolphins.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for more sunny days like this one and more amazing encounters with Marine Wildlife 🙂

 

Jessie Ocket

About Jessie Ocket

Jessie has a strong passion for the ocean and wildlife. Joined the TERRA AZUL team as Volunteer Marine Wildlife Guide in 2019, enjoying out at sea with wildlife, accompanying and informing visitors, and collecting field imagery and data for local Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Research & Conservation projects.

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