The Sei whale and spotties are still around!

Today we had three different species. The first encounter was with the Atlantic Spotted Dolphins. It was a large group of 100 individuals with most of them foraging. Dolphins can show you a certain behavior, and then just in a finger snap, they are doing something totally different! So first they were foraging and then later on a part of them were socializing, you could tell this by the behavior; at first they were very busy trying to catch some fish. Then later on they were more relaxed, but still active while playing and breaching.

The group of Spotties was a mix; adults, juveniles and calves. Some of them were still really small!

Then we ran into something slightly bigger: the Sei Whale! At first it was alone, and then we saw some more Spotties around! The Sei whale was feeding as well. One time it came to the surface near the Cory’s Shearwaters, spouted, and then the birds were shocked by the big blow and flee away 😀

Sei whale blowing high. Their high blow is one of their characteristics which helps us identifying this species.

 

Last but not least we saw the Risso’s dolphins. You could clearly see their scarred body through the water. They have such a large dorsal fin and long flippers, it is amazing to see them sliding through the waves.

Risso’s dolphins near the boat.

 

Joyce Mulder

About Joyce Mulder

Joyce is student of Coastal and Marine Management at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. Everyday she was passionate educating Humans, and collecting data for animal research. Joined the TERRA AZUL team as Volunteer Marine Wildlife Guide in 2017, we hope she can get in touch soon to visit us and share updates for this profile.

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