- Atlantic spotted dolphin, Baleen whales, Boats, Bottlenose dolphin, Bryde's whale, Common dolphin, Dolphins, Loggerhead sea turtle, Others Animals, Ribeira Brava, Sperm whale, Sperm whales, Stenella
- September 12, 2017
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04.09.2017 – Late summer encounters
Today I spent the day guiding tours on our charming fishing vessel, the Ribeira Brava, with equally charming guests on board. During the morning tour we encountered the Common dolphin, a curious but very calm species we observe in larger aggregations during the winter months. The Atlantic spotted dolphin is our energetic and vibrant summer dolphin and was sighted during the midday tour along with a sunbathing Loggerhead turtle. We were surprised that this was the only turtle sighted as the conditions were ideal for these cold-blooded animals to come to the surface to regulate their body temperature. According to local researchers and the accumulated data which also Lobosonda has actively contributed to, Loggerheads are happiest at the surface when the sea is calm and cloud cover is at a minimum. An understandable correlation shared by many tourists here on the island.
The guests on the Stenella during the midday tour didn’t encounter a turtles but were able to observe no less than 4 species during the midday trip! Baleen whales have become more of a frequent sighting recently and things weren’t any different today. Both Stenella tours enjoyed a fantastic Bryde’s whale sighting.
by Paula Thake
09:00 Common dolphins
13:30 Atlantic spotted dolphins, Loggerhead turtle
12:00 Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Sperm whale, Bryde’s whale
18:00 Bryde’s whale