This morning, we left the marina at 9:00 to go meet a very friendly group of Common dolphins. The group of around 20 adults and juveniles was feeling quite curious and playful, and spent most of the encounter playing around the boat and surfing the waves!

While we were with them, our lookout Filipe spotted a whale but unfortunately, it played a trick on us and it decided not to show itself… Things that happen when you deal with wildlife!

During the trip we also had a very special encounter with two loggerhead turtles, especially with one of them that we brought aboard. Turtles often have parasites, like barnacles and crabs, that lodge themselves under the shell and especially around the flippers. This is uncomfortable for them and often affects their swimming ability so, every time we can, we pick them up and take off their parasites before returning them to the sea.

 

Juvenile loggerhead turtle

You can read more about loggerhead turtles here and here.

 

Keep tuned for more news about our tours! 🙂

 

Note: The pictures above are not from today. Unfortunately we couldn’t take our camera on the boat

Catarina Fonseca

About Catarina Fonseca

Catarina is Marine Biologist and was Main Guide and Technical & Scientific Director at TERRA AZUL from 2014 to 2017. She is dedicated, knowledgeable and a passionate friend to animals and humans. We hope she can come back soon to wildlife experiences with us. , and everyday works on ensuring the highest educational and conservation standards during spractice. She also contributes collecting Data collection for MONICET – The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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