19.02.2018 – Gusts of wind…
On our tours today on board STENELLA, we saw in the morning a resident group of Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and in the afternoon with gusts of wind coming down from the mountains we focused our efforts in locating a group of Short-beaked common dolphins that were just 2 nm offshore but due to the weather conditions it was impossible. Continuing the trip further offshore a group of Bottlenose dolphins passed through us very briefly and disappeared. It`s always surprising how this creatures can easily disappear if they are not interested in our approach but since they were swimming at a high pace we deducted that the group was on the hunt and it seemed that the trip would end with this short sighting. Heading back and still on the “ lookout” we finally spotted a bustle of Seagulls marking the group of Short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) that we originally tried to locate under the strong gusts of wind at the beginning of the trip.
by Daniel Jardim
Sightings of the day
10:00 Bottlenose dolphins
15:00 Bottlenose dolphins; Short-beaked common dolphins