After having trips the last week with waves, it was a nice surprise to find a gentle sea today. The sun shone on us and our summer dolphins, the Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), could be seen in large numbers. There was a hint of summer was in the air.
One of our guests wanted to know why these nimble dolphins were so interactive. It can definitely be said that dolphins are not generally curious and interested in the boats and us humans. Some species are generally more sociable, while others are more reserved. Furthermore, an encounter is always to be seen depending on the situation. Dolphins that are foraging, resting, or socializing, for example, may not be interested in the boat. Their current preference is then elsewhere. It is therefore extremely important that the captain knows the different species with their usual peculiarities and preferences, and also knows how to assess the current situation and the behavior of the animals at that moment in order to ensure an appropriate, respectful approach.
The Atlantic spotted dolphins are an interactive species. Exactly as they showed themselves to us today.
By Fatima Kutzschbach
Sighting of the day
10:00 Atlantic spotted dolphins