Lakes are usually so still that one can see their own reflection on the water, creating a mirror illusion.  Why is the blog referring  to a lake? Marine mammals do not live in lakes? You may ask yourselves.

Well you are absolutely right, marine mammals live in the Ocean and ocean waters are usually never “Lake like” quite the contrary, currents design the waves and the wind draws the direction of the water. Nevertheless today it felt like we were navigating on  butter along side the beautiful species of dolphins that we sighed in the morning.

Sanne our guide described in the most lovely manner each movement of the two gracious species that we saw:

Firstly the Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) 

Bottlenose Dolphin being observed by our guest


As usual these amazing animals belonging to the Oceanic population leave us breathless when one sees how big they can be.


Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) belonging to the Oceanic population of the Azores.


Followed by the Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) 

Adult Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis)


The pod of contained many juveniles and newborn babies leaping out of the water in order to mimic the adults like in this picture.


A baby Atlantic Spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) with Corey Shearwater flying in the background


We can’t get over the fact of observing these creatures and how free they are in the wild. <3




Anaïs Builly

About Anaïs Builly

Anais Builly is Marine Biologist and Master of Biology, Ecology and Ecosystems, and of Bioproducts & Bioproduction of Marine Ecosystems, studied in France and South Africa. She is also Marine Wildlife Guide & Community Manager at TERRA AZUL. She is passionate about conservation of marine mammals, and loves being out in the ocean everyday.

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