This morning on a slightly agitated sea, there was a variety of dolphin species to be discovered. Everyone was very active and also curious. We know that from the Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), but the Striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), which are usually quite cautious, did us the honor of getting closer today. The Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) also showed up while surfing the wave with pleasure.
In the afternoon there were no dolphins and there was no whale. No marine mammals to be found anywhere. Nevertheless, it was a special tour with very special sea guests. Daniel, our skipper, fished a Portuguese-man-of-war (Physalia physalis) out of the sea to take a close look. Usually the edge of the sail is pink, blue or purple. This, however, had a golden edge. How beautiful! We were able to observe Cory Shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) and we met a Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), which stuck its big head out of the water to observe us. She was accompanied by Pilot fish (Naucrates ductor). A couple of Man-of-war-fish (Nomeus gronovii) were hiding under a plastic bag. We fished the bag out of the sea and checked out a small Man-of-war-fish and released it into its natural environment, the sea. So it turned out to be a special trip with three species on our list of special guests on our sighting pass, plus two other marine species.
By Fatima Kutzschbach
Sightings of the day
10:00 Common dolphins, Striped dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins
15:00 no marine mammals, but Portuguese-man-of-war, Cory Shearwaters , Loggerhead turtle, Pilot fish, Man-of-war-fish