Diary 02 May

2 May
(written for Biosphere Expeditions)

The weather remains challenging as is the visibility and wind, and the team members have had to remain flexible. We had an unusual – and sad – sighting on Sunday when we saw a dead common dolphin. It was missing its tail, and we assume it got caught in a fishing net even though the tuna fisherman here in the Azores use hooks and not nets. Monday was the best day on the water for this slot so far – we saw Risso’s dolphins breaching, a giant sun fish, a loggerhead turtle, and a group of fourteen sperm whales with calves!

(start Alisa’s blog commentary and pics–I did not show the dead dolphin to the Biosphere readers)

Dead Dolphin (Common) - Missing Tail
Dead Dolphin (Common) - Missing Tail

 

And here is something cool…sometimes there is a ship anchored outside the harbor. I’m told it’s a tuna buying ship–they pay better prices than on ths island, so tuna boats sail directly up to them and sell their fish.

Tuna-buying boat anchored outside Horta Harbor
Tuna-buying boat anchored outside Horta Harbor

 

And pretty cool, yesterday, the story was confirmed when I saw the tuna boat moored with them.

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