Five Spinner dolphins surfing TARA’s waves

© P.DeParscau/Tara Expéditions

1 July 2015

June 30, 3.22 pm / coordinates 54°50′ N / 0°11′ E

Air temperature: 15.3°C

Water temperature: 14.6°C

While on the way to Greenland, TARA was sailing along the east coast of England when five grey and white torpedoes cut through the turquoise water. A group of particularly playful Spinner dolphins entertained the crew for an amazing quarter of an hour. Pirouetting under the surface and surfing waves, the five marine mammals, more than 2 meters long, dazzled with their speed (above 9 knots) and the ease with which they moved in the crystal-clear water. One last dive and they disappeared, leaving Tara’s crew on deck, happy to have felt like children again.

Pierre de Parscau

 

Dauphins Risso au large de la côte Est de l'Angleterre

Dauphins Risso au large de la côte Est de l'Angleterre

Dauphins Risso au large de la côte Est de l'Angleterre

Dauphins Risso au large de la côte Est de l'Angleterre

Pierre de Parscau