28 Apr 2018

28 Apr 18 - Atlantic Odyssey - Day Thirty: Dolphin Dawn

Soon after first light on the last but on day at sea between Ascension Island & Cape Verde we encountered the first of several pods of several hundred Dolphins. I saw around three hundred Pantropical Spotted Dolphins, along with another forty of more Clymene Dolphins.
The first pod of Clymene Dolphins appeared at 06:45: They were on the side of the Plancius with the poor light
Clymene Dolphin: They are also called Short-beaked Spinner Dolphins for reasons that will become apparent
Clymene Dolphin
Clymene Dolphin: This photo is the right way up & one of my favourite Cetacean photos from the trip
Clymene Dolphin
Clymene Dolphin
Clymene Dolphin
Clymene Dolphin: Entering the water the right way up would be dull
Clymene Dolphin: I've cropped & rotated the upside down photo to allow a field guide view of this individual
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin: Some of the several hundred Pantropical Spotted Dolphins. Unfortunately, none came close to the Plancius
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin: A close crop to show the distinctive markings & short beak