As our team was preparing for another RIBEIRA BRAVA trip this morning, we all could see that the wind would play a big role in our trip. At the start of the trip things were looking rather scarce in regards to finding cetaceans, nevertheless we could see that several Cory’s shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) were giving us good signs, as their flight mode denounced that a sighting was nearby. As we approached the 3 nm distance from Calheta our spotter found a group of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) heading West, where the wind and waves were more intense. As we approached the group, most of the juveniles turned back and despite some bumpy moments we could all observe these “acrobats” between the waves and wind. Once more, experience and a little bit of luck made all the difference….
By Daniel Jardim
Sightings of the day
10:00 Atlantic spotted dolphins