• Sara Vieira

|23082020am| Dolphin fever

A morning full of spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis)!


This morning was a smooth sea, which means good conditions to spot some wildlife!


Before finding our first group of spotted dolphins we saw a shark not very far away from our boat! First, we saw the tip of its dorsal fin, and then we could see its silhouette as it got closer to the boat. Unfortunately, we couldn't confirm which species was, but in the Azores it is possible to see the blue shark (Prionace glauca), the shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) and the hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran).


Then we saw our first group of spotted dolphins!

They immediately approached the boat and stayed with us for a while.


After we went to see another group of spotted dolphins. But this one, was much bigger, having more than 100 individuals. Funny thing, the behaviour was completely different. The first group was calmer, traveling at a low speed, but the second group was much more active, we could see them feeding, socializing and porpoising!


During our trip, we also saw a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)! It is the species of turtle that we see often in the Azores. They come to this area when they only have a few centimeters long and stay around until they are strong enough to go back to the beach where they born.


Thank you for joining us! Enjoy and share the photos from our expedition.


See you soon!




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