Taking nature as it comes is one of the key ingredients to conducting a sustainable activity in the wild; we can’t expect the natural world to deliver whilst continuously exploiting it. We have to match our expectations to the reality and be grateful for all the beautiful creatures that still inhabit our unique planet. We make sure to share this state of mind and approach with our guests during our tour so they understand that every single encounter at sea is something to be grateful for!
We spent a lovely morning enjoying sightings with several small hunting parties of Short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) that involved many of the animals dashing high up into the air after launching their surprise attacks on their prey. Several seabirds were in the area including a Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus), several Cory’s shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) and the usual aggregation of grumpy-looking Yellow-legged gulls (Larus michahellis).
More sightings of common dolphins awaited us during the midday tour along with a sighting of a few curious Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). We love it when our guests manage to meet more than one dolphin specie since this demonstrates perfectly at how dolphins vary in their appearance as well as their behaviour! This variation is also something to be extremely grateful for despite the current environmental challenges faced by the creatures inhabiting our oceans and we hope our guests thoroughly appreciated these special moments!
By Paula Thake
Sightings of the day
09:30 Short-beaked common dolphins
13:30 Bottlenose dolphins, Short-beaked common dolphins