Our weather forecast showed the possibility of Northwest winds entering the waters of our search areas and, while this resulted in cancellations for the afternoon, it entered late enough to allow our team to manage a magnificent snorkelling tour. We had a significant drop in our sightings of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) these last few days so it’s fair to say that we were all thrilled to find a calm, curious medium sized group of them this morning.
It was a mixed group containing juveniles and subadults that approached our delighted snorkelers like a gang in the water. After zapping us with their sonar, spotted dolphins often turn to look at us and glide alongside us while observing us. One can’t help but imagine how these incredible animals perceive us through this concoction of auditory and visual information. One thing’s for sure, it definitely brightens up your day when you notice a dolphin taking an honest interest in you! Thanks to our snorkelers for the fun morning!
By Paula Thake
Sightings of the day
09:30 Atlantic spotted dolphins