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For all interested in innovative monitoring techniques for cetaceans:  The second webinar from Join the Pod will take place at Friday 10th of December! 
We are working on the presentation as we speak! 
More info below!

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will aim to watch this

Two species bowriding: Rissos and common dolphins, picture found when sorting out data ..

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How wonderful. Never seen anything like it, really.

This looks so beautiful, like the Rissos is in space. We had one common dolphin in a group of Rissos years ago off Bardsey Island in Wales. 😊

A rare bowriding Risso's 🙂

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should be visible now!

That’s a presumptuous ❤️ as I’m not able to watch it as yet… 😊

Today we saw a Humpback whale off Camperduin, The Netherlands! It has been a while since this species was observed here (about 2 years ago). What a blow!!Image attachmentImage attachment
Congratulations to Valeria who was awarded a Master in International Marine Science with Distinction, with her thesis titled:
Exploring the spatio-temporal distribution of cetaceans off the south coast of Pico Island (Azores, Portugal) (Heriot-Watt University, Scotland). 
After many- many-maps and stats, an increasing number of sightings of Mesoplodon beaked whales was detected in the recent years!Image attachmentImage attachment
Happy World Animal Day!
And so today is the final day of field work season 21... Since the swell and easterlies have been too wild for our small vessel for more than 8 days in a row, we decided to take one last ride to the ocean, (+ last call for Ggs!!) yesterday with a local whale watching company.  Starting out nearby with some social sperm whales, we soon moved into an area full of fantastic false killer whales and bottlenose dolphins.  While no Risso’s were found, we were able to end the season on a high note!  Now back to packing and cleaning...Image attachmentImage attachment
Wait for me!
IKB involved in internal affairs 😀
On September 15th we were attending a who is the strongest and fittest” event between 5 to 6 Rissos dolphin male groups. In a large field, several pods were fighting for hours, gang against gang- aggressively head-butting, tail-slapping, ramming, and biting each other.

Such behaviour provides another good reason why not to swim with this species during commercial trips, which are still allowed in the Azores. Our fight continues to stop ‘swim with’ programmes for Risso’s, hopefully with more publications on the way. These concern the delicate social structure of Risso’s dolphins, as well as a worrying decline in numbers of both individuals and newborns. With these publications, we can hope to achieve measures that will put an end to swimming with this species in the near future.

This image is a video still adjusted and cropped in Photoshop. We work with a scientific permit given by the Azorean government.

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Nova Atlantis Foundation that’s such a stunning image. Beautiful. Would love to buy a digital copy if at all possible.

That’s an awesome photo catch

What a totally fantastic picture!!!

Thanks, shared

Paz y amor es lo que necesitan 😂😂😂

When humpback are on a heat run, should whale watches get their boats off the water in the area? And how did you get that photo? And is there commercial fishing in the Risso’s area?

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