What to do on a beautiful sunny day with a western breeze? Let’s go out on the ocean! 🙂

And there we went to see two large groups of common and Atlantic spotted dolphins. Both species were foraging with Cory’s shearwaters, however despite the large number of common dolphins they were difficult to see as they were diving a lot. The spotted dolphins on the other hand were more active at the surface, often swimming in row formation and leaping out of the water. There were many calves and young individuals and definitely knew how to entertain us 🙂

The sighting itself was already enjoyable, but when we lowered the hydrophone we could experience a whole different level of observation. The dolphins were really chatty, as it is supposed to be when they need to communicate for orientating their feeding activity. Hearing their variety of vocalizations including whistles, squeaks and feeding buzzes makes us realize how beautifully complex are these mammals!

Atlantic spotted dolphin calf (Stenella frontalis)

 

Arianna Cecchetti

About Arianna Cecchetti

Arianna is a Marine Biologist and was Main Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2009, and Technical & Scientific Director until 2018. Originally from Italy, she sees herself more as a world citizen. Arianna deserves the very best, and we hope she can come back to share her passion for the sea with us again.

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