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09.09.2017 – Warm water friends

09.09.2017 – Warm water friends

Today we had interessting sightings of marine mammal species, which are unified in their habitat preference of warm and subtropical latitudes. Tropical Whale (already implied in the name), Atlantic spotted dolphin and Rough toothed dolphin. All three cetacean species live in tropical to subtropical waters. Rough toothed dolphins and Tropical whales are cosmopolitan, Atlantic spotted dolphins are restricted to the warmer waters of the Atlantic.

The predilection for a certain area of distribution is certainly related (besides other factors) with the abundance of their prefered food. Rough toothed dolphins favorite prey is dolphinfish (named also as Mahi-Mahi). This fish species is also a favorite one also for the human menu. Dolphinfish is common in tropical and subtropical regions. Their favorite prey in turn is Flying fish. In the sea around Madeira, we have a lot of Flying fish. Dolphinfish is a fast runner. While hunting, it can reach up to 30 miles per hour.

by Astrid Haas 

Sightings of the day:

Stenella

12.00: Tropical Whales, Atlantic spotted dolphins and Roughtooth dolphins

18.00: Atlantic spotted dolphins

Ribeira Brava

10.00: Tropical Whales, Seaturtle

15.00: Atlantic spotted dolphins, Seaturtle

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