Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), which we met on our morning tour today, are agile, fast swimmers. Their appearance changes over the course of their lives. These curious animals are still gray when they are born, but when they are older they are covered with spots. Although the young animals with their wiry bodies look beautiful, the older animals have something very special with their grain. This species was first described in 1828 by the French zoologist Cuvier.
Today a small subgroup of the Atlantic spotted dolphins joined us. But it didn’t stop there, after a little while there were more and more animals.
In the afternoon, we had to deal with the shy ones. A small group of the Blainville Beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) passed through the ocean, but only allowed us a peek from a distance. This small whale species looks very rustic, almost as if these animals already lived in the times of the dinosaurs. They were also discovered by Cuvier, but as early as 1817.
The Striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), which we also met, also kept a little distance. But we could still see them well.
By Fatima Kutzschbach
Sightings of the day
10:00 Atlantic Spotted dolphins
15:00 Blainville’s Beaked whales, Striped dolphins