Dolphin behavior (Bootlenose dolphin)
Turbulent seas and overcast skies, the first splash seen from the boat comes from a giant tuna, soon to have company. There are 5 bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) about today, including a calf probably several months old. Some of the adults are heavily scarred, with indentations in their fins. They are feeding on a large shoal of fish, likely mackerel. An average bottlenose dolphin feeds on 8-10kg of fish daily, but these conscious animals are careful to leave some behind. They would never eat the whole shoal present.
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Meanwhile a red squid head is bobbing nearby. Up to 15m long, these creatures are the prey of sperm whales. However as the sperm whale can hold it’s breath for up to 3 hours, I won’t be holding mine. These marine mammals holiday here between November and May, so to see one we still have plenty of time.
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