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Bay of Biscay Wildlife

Dolphins

4.7.2011

Not a sausage going out to Plymouth apart from the odd gannet and a shearwater that was probably Manx. Seas were choppy and every white horse seemed to be a dolphin leaping. Things improved on the return journey to Santander a few days later though.

For a couple of hours early morning from 4 to 2 hours out of Santander I saw 6 pods of dolphins at around twenty minutes between each sighting. Of the animals I could positively identify all were Short-beaked common, Delphinus delphis.

A distant shot of dolphins leaping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slightly closer views show the pale grey part of the hourglass shape towards the tail.

Delphinus delphis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short-beaked common dolphin

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