|26-06-2019 pm| Greenpeace on board!
Greenpeace chosed Naturalist.pt as the team to take them out to the Atlantic Ocean as they campaign for awareness of ocean and marine life conservation.
The expedition was at the South of Pico Island and the first cetaceans that we found was a pod of Atlantic-spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis).
The area had high densities of Portuguese man o'war (Physalia physalis), a species under study by the Atlantic Naturalist Association.
Some of the dolphins were displaying intense surface activity while playing.
But they were close to the boat too.
The next species of dolphin that we found was not as friendly: Striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba). They were transiting fast.
Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) came to the surface in time.
We were lucky to see as many as 11 appearances. Some of them with Cory's shearwaters (Calonectris borealis).
We saw some animals coming to the surface more than once.
And we could collect pictures of many flukes