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|05-06-2019| Dolphin day! First sighting of Atlantic-Spotted dolphins in Faial

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

We had a swimming with dolphins' activity so we searched for dolphins, and we found them, with the help of our spotter from Monte da Guia "Torrão" - 4 different species: Bottlenose (Trusiops truncatus), Stripped (Stenella coeruleoalba), Atlantic spotted (Stenella frontalis) and Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis).

Atlantic Spotted dolphins

The Atlantic Spotted dolphins can look alike small sized Bottlenose dolphins when they are juveniles as they miss the characteristic spots, but they change coloration when they grow. In the previous picture you can see the difference.

Atlantic Spotted dolphins

Some Cory's Shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) were interacting with the dolphins.

Bottlenose dolphins and Cory's shearwaters
Common dolphins
One of our swimmers interacting with Common dolphins

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