Today both the Ribeira Brava and the Stenella went out to sea in the morning. The conditions out on the ocean were abit rougher than in the last days, with higher waves and more wind. That, however, did not discourage our guests or our crew with everyone enthusiastic to see some animals. And what a variety of animals we were able to encounter today!
The first sighting for guests on the Ribeira Brava was a school of dolphins travel diving to feed. The group of mammals consisted of Atlantic spotted dolphins and individual Bottlenose dolphins swimming together. Although it is fairly normal for dolphins of different species to school and interact with one another, it is a rare occasion for us to encounter such a scenario during our trips. Later on the Ribeira Brava was surrounded by a large group of Atlantic spotted dolphins that delighted our guests by approaching the boat and leaping in the air as well as bow riding the larger waves coming towards us. Two smaller Loggerhead turtles were also seen floating at the water’s surface, wrapping up a beautiful tour on our old charming vessel.
The guests aboard the Stenella saw even more species that also included Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins as well as Common short-beaked dolphins and Sperm Whales! Awesome experiences today with very nice guests!
by Paula Thake
Sightings of the day:
9:00: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphin, Loggerhead sea turtles
9:00: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphin, Sperm whales, Common dolphin