Encounter with the dolphin school :)

Hello lovers of the sea!

I am so happy when I think about the tour we had this afternoon. As a guide here, I get to see many whales and dolphins during a week, but seeing at least 90 Common dolphins together… that is not so common! I did not have this experience before and could not stop grinning myself. We could observe how the young dolphins learned to jump – some of them deliberately jumping on their sides (so cute!). We had a good time watching them. Some jumps took place in between the resting Cory Shearwaters, which was also really nice to see. At a certain point one was even able to hear their songs above the surface – that was amazing.

But I jumped ahead in my story: Before encountering this big group, we saw a few individuals of Common dolphins at another spot, next to three Loggerhead turtles!

After a good half an hour with the big group however, we followed the call from our lookout to get to the whalezone, where we waited a little. After waiting for a blow of a whale it is always exciting to then suddenly see one! We followed the blows and were led to the causer: A fin whale! We were honored to meet this giant three times, once from really close by! We could hear the blow and were all stunned by the whale’s beauty.

Fin whale / Balenoptera physalus

Marine life will never fail to amaze me, I am glad I got the chance again to share this feeling with you all! Have a great time!

Levina Steinkönig

About Levina Steinkönig

Levina is student of Coastal and Marine Management at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, and is fascinated by the sea and sea creatures. Joined the TERRA AZUL team as Volunteer Marine Wildlife Guide in 2018, we hope she can get in touch soon to visit us and share updates for this profile.

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