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Monday, October 21, 2013

Common Bottlenose Dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean around Madeira

17 september 2013.
What do you do when you are on an island like Madeira (Portugal), about 600 km off the coast of Morocco? Then you go for a Whale, dolphin and bird watching excursion by boat with Madeira Wind Birds. Riding the waves, circled by lots of Cory's Shearwaters. Only to encounter a nice group of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (NL: Tuimelaar) (Tursiops truncatus). And several Short-finned Pilot Whales.


Above is just one photo, but there is a bunch of photos on the website: Common Bottlenose Dolphins. And believe me, it's quite hard to shoot any focused photo when the boat is rocking on over 1m high waves and you try to find a surfacing dolphin in your camera viewfinder through a 500mm zoom lens. So I was lucky to get some good photos. The hardest part is predicting where a dolphin will surface and then quickly reacting to that. But I managed in some cases, hence the pictures!


For those who like the biological details:
Click a link and you'll go to the page for that rank in the biological classification on Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting.


Kingdom:Animalia
AnimalsDierenrijk
Phylum:Chordata
VertebratesGewervelden
Class:Mammalia
MammalsZoogdieren
Order:Cetacea
Whales, Dolphins and PorpoisesWalvisachtigen
Suborder:Odontoceti
Toothed WhalesTandwalvissen
Superfamily:Delphinoidea
Toothed WhalesTandwalvissen
Family:Delphinidae
Oceanic DolphinsDolfijnen
Genus:Tursiops
Bottlenose DolphinsTuimelaars
Species:Tursiops truncatus
Common Bottlenose Dolphin or Atlantic Bottlenose DolphinTuimelaar

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