It was quite unsure if we would go out today because of the sea state. So we waited patiently for the relieving call from our lookout: we had a go!!

So off we went, but it was already clear that we weren’t entering a calm sea. Nevertheless, the dolphins didn’t care and the first species we encountered were the Risso’s Dolphins.



They were very calm and just relaxing. Some were surfing the waves and you could clearly see their tall dorsal fins coming out of the surface. It was a mixed group; with adults, juveniles and calves. The calves were swimming beside their mothers and there were also eldery ones. The body is the first part to become white of the scars. This is the result of biting each other while interacting and because of the squid, which they hunt for. The dorsal fin is the last part to become white, so if you spot a Risso Dolphin with a white dorsal fin, you are most likely seeing an elderly!



Then we came accross a group of Common Dolphins. They were way more active, breaching a lot and really high! The water was really clear today and thus it was possible to see their beautiful yellow color throughout the waves. They acted as a whole group, they came up to the surface with them all, and then went diving again.



We had another whale watching boat with us today from Ponta Delgada and it was driving very slowly. The dolphins were bowriding with them and it was amazing to see them do it from our boat! Then the dolphins decided to come bowriding with us too 😉



The sea was a bit rough today, but when we have the possibility to go out, we go out! Definitly 🙂 Come and join us!


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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