Today brought us good weather, dolphins and a turtle!

Finally the weather allowed us to go out again! There was a little bit of a swell, but nothing we can’t handle. So off we went to the ocean.

First we encountered common dolphins, they were really enthusiastic, breaching and playing around our boat. The group was a mix; adults, juveniles and really young baby’s. They were bow riding along with us for a long time.


Common dolphin / Golfinho comum


Then, when the lookout was searching for another species, we came across a Loggerhead turtle ? A nice one.


Loggerhead turtle / Tartaruga comum


Later on we decided to drive a little further out of the coast, and then our lookout spotted the Atlantic Spotted dolphins for us, they are still here! Enthusiastic as they always are, they were jumping alongside our boat. In front of the boat there was a dolphin breaching very high, and a picture could show us what we already thought, he had a parasite on its body.


Atlantic Spotted dolphin with a parasite on its belly.


That’s why the dolphin is jumping and splashing down, trying to get the parasite off. It was a fun and active dolphin day! The weather seems to be better next week, we try to go out as many times as we can! Will you be there to 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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