Hello Whale Whatchers,

Another beautiful summerday.. the weather allowed us to go out in the morning and watch four different Dolphin species and two Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta).
Shortly after leaving the marina, we found a small group of Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), that unfortunately didn’t enjoy our company too much and just left us to go feeding and diving. So we moved on and soon we found a huge group of Atlantic Spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) with many calves and juveniles, that was very curious and happier about our presence.
The dolphins were feeding together with Cory’s Shearwaters (Calonectris borealisthat took advantage of the Dolphins activity and bringing their fish up to the surface.

 

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) feeding with Cory Shearwater (Calonectris borealis)

While looking for other species, we found another big group of Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) that are similar in size to the Spotted dolphins but very different in colouration and pattern.

On our way back to Ilheu we even stumbled across two Loggerhead turtles, we tried to take it out of the water and tag it but unfortunately it was too heavy to tag.. Lucky turtle 😉

Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)

We’re hoping to see you guys soon on one of our tours 🙂

 

Paulina Kalita

About Paulina Kalita

Paulina is completing a degree in Zoology and is very passionate about the Ocean and its Inhabitants. She joined TERRA AZUL Team just recently, for now she is in training and enjoying being out in the ocean with Wildlife accompanying our visitors. Soon she'll be ready to educate Humans and collect data for MONICET - The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project

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