The weather has been quite gloomy these past few days and overcast, rainy skies don’t exactly make things easy for our crew. The visibility from land to sea is obscured by coastal precipitation, making finding animals hard for our spotter and our crew tries its best to avoid returning with a boat full of guests that are soaking wet from the rain. Moreover overcast skies and strong winds make distinguishing the animals from the grey surface of the ocean difficult. However, fact is that dolphins don’t mind rainy weather so, if they weren’t going to let the weather stop them, we weren’t going to let it stop us.
So our team dashed out with lovely guests clad in waterproof clothing to find pods Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and Short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) on both trips today. We met single groups as well as mixed group of these two species and it was wonderful to observe the animals in the company of the other species as well as in pods only consisting of their conspecifics. We love the challenge of finding animals on these sort of days and were delighted to deliver despite the circumstances.
By Paula Thake
Sightings of the day
09:30 Bottlenose dolphins, Short-finned pilot whales
13:30 Bottlenose dolphins, Short-finned pilot whales