On days like today, when the sea is gentle and the dolphins whiz curiously around the boat, it is really easy to love the sea with its inhabitants.
A small group of the Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) welcomed us. They roared around the boat. A little later, another subgroup of this dolphin species joined them. There was a lot going on in this group. Will their mating behavior, their expressions of love bear little dolphin fruits? We’ll know in nine months.
The Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) also showed themselves, if only briefly, but beautifully.
The Blainville beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) unfortunately dived. We were still quite a long way away, so they only spotted a few guests.
I think that many of our guests today, who saw dolphins for the first time in their lives, discovered their love for these small marine mammals.
And we did some kind of fishing. A blue balloon floated on the brilliant blue sea. Truly a place where it should be. And if you love the sea and want to protect it, you can decide to do without such birthday decorations altogether.
In the afternoon, the Blainville beaked whales got very cuddly. Our guests could hardly believe that these little whales are really shy. One of the two animals had a string pulled through its mouth. We have seen this animal before.
The Atlantic spotted dolphins followed their favorite hobby, bow waves surfing, while others practiced not so secretly love affairs. And all of a sudden, all the little Spotted dolphins shot away. They flew in great leaps over the surface of the sea.
It was time for us to accompany the large Bottlenose Dolphin School for a while.
On both tours, our guests loved their experience.
By Fatima Kutzschbach
Sightings of the day
10:00 Atlantic Spotted dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Blainville Beaked whales
15:00 Atlantic Spotted dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Blainville Beaked whales