It was a bit of a dark and mysterious morning here in the Marina…but nevertheless we went out and spent time with various groups of Common dolphins! Actually we expected different species each time we approached a new group, but it was always the Common dolphins that took over the coast this morning. They are so reliable to us 🙂

Porpoising Common dolphins


The swimming with dolphins tours of the day were also done in the company of Common dolphins. They were very active while foraging and in various occasions they were porpoising, i.e. jumping out of the water while fast travelling in a specific direction.

Swimming with the dolphins



The afternoon however had a very big surprise for us… a Sei whale!! After leaving our faithful Common dolphins to check another dolphin species, we had to wait a little bit because the dolphins had decided to dive. We were looking for them when Filipe, the lookout, called on the radio “There’s a baleen whale around! Go! Go!”

This Sei whale surfaced many times during the hour that we spent with him and we were lucky to observe its blow and its body very near to our boat. As it was swimming near to the surface we could follow the footprints and see, that it was passing right in front of our boat. What a special moment!



If you follow our blog, you know these whales are usually here in the Spring, so we got very excited! When we got there we could confirm it was a Sei whale 😀


In the afternoon a huge group of Spotted dolphins surprised us with their appearence! They were socializing and even some of the group were feeding. We could observe spectacular jumps and beautiful movements near to our boat. It seemed like, they really wanted to show us, how beautiful and agile they are 🙂



Atlantic spotted dolphins/ Golfinhos pintados


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About Milou

Milou is Marine Biologist, and was Marine Wildlife Guide at TERRA AZUL from 2010 to 2019. She is from Holland, and is passionate about being out in the ocean with wildlife, informing visitors, and collecting field imagery and data for local Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Research & Conservation projects.

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