Our coastal, residential Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) live off the coast of Madeira. But sometimes we also get a visit from the offshore variant. These animals are stronger and often very active. Today we had these visitors. A large school with their small offspring worked their way through the waves. Their strength and dignity is impressive.
Bottlenose dolphins are widespread in our oceans. They only avoid the freezing waters of Arctica and Antarctica. Bottlenose dolphins are found in the high seas, coastal areas, lagoons, bays and sometimes even in harbors. They can even be found in semi-enclosed seas such as the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Unfortunately, in the Black Sea they are considered endangered.
The Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) were very interactive. They swam in the bow wave of the boat, jumped towards us at a brisk pace and charmed our guests.
The oceanic Bottlenose dolphins were still off Calheta to the delight of our guests and crew. They were very active. As they swam in the bow wave, we marveled at their size and power. Even a small calf was brought into the bow wave of the Ribeira Brava, accompanied by its mother.
By Fatima Kutzschbach
Sightings of the day
10:00 Bottlenose dolphins
15:00 Bottlenose dolphins
10:00 Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins
14:00 Bottlenose dolphins
17:00 Bottlenose dolphins