Saturday, September 22, 2001

Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Date : Saturday September 22th 2001
Location : Atlantic Ocean, Azores
Position : 38-22N 028-12W
Species : Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Total number seen : 50-100

This morning we've also met a group common dolphins. It was a large groupand the swim with the boat and jumped out of the water. Wa actually saw one swimming on his backside. The weather was perfect and the water was warm and calm. A perfect day for a swim with dolphins.
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We went back to Lajes for lunch and at 15.00 hours we went back to sea for the theme "Dancing with dolphins". We found the same group of common dolphins we saw this morning, west of Lajes.
The skipper Louis manoeuvred the zodiac in front of the group. We slided gently in the Atlantic Ocean and at a depth of 10 meters we saw 10 to 15 dolphins swimming beneath us. We could hear their sounds and klicking below the surface. It was an experience which is hard to describe.
Swimming with dolphins Azores

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