© Sébastien Roques
2.5 to 4 m / 150 to 500 kg
Uncommon The bottle-nosed dolphin is THE dolphin par excellence in the minds of the general public. Flipper is of course the best known representative. It feeds mainly on fish. Its longevity is 30 to 40 years.
➢ To spot it: near the boat (willingly escorts boats) or, at a distance, when it jumps or reveals its dorsal fin. Most often in groups.
➢ To identify it: fairly uniform hue (medium grey), lighter on the belly, bulging forehead, short beak.
© Yves Dubois
2 to 2.5 m / 70 to 135 kg
Common. It can dive up to 300 m to feed. Its diet is mainly composed of schools of fish. Its lifespan is 25 to 30 years.
➢ To spot it: near the boat (at the bow) or at a distance when it jumps or reveals its dorsal fin. Often in large groups (more than 10).
➢ To identify it: dark grey back descending in the middle of the flank, yellowish patch at the front of the flank and grey-blue patch at the rear, quite long beak, rather receding forehead, light dorsal fin with dark edges.
© Jessica Joachim
Wingspan: 78 - 90 cm
Surely one of the stars of Mor Braz, since we can find several hundred (even thousands) of individuals! This shearwater breeds only on the Balearic archipelago. Its population is estimated at about 20,000 individuals. The Morbihan waters play an important role in the migration and dispersal of this species considered to be in critical danger of extinction.
➢ To spot it: with binoculars, often low-flying
➢ To identify it: silhouette and shearwater (long wings kept straight, alternating series of hovers and wing beats); differs from the Manx Shearwater by its more "dirty", faded and low contrasting appearance (brown and dirty white).
Nice sightings of common dolphins and harbour porpoises, and a lot of rare birds : wilson's storm petrel, sabine's gulls and long-tailed jaeger !
A wilson's storm petrel, many european storm petrels, a manx shearwater and many balearic, 2 common murres, a parasitic jaeger... and 2 common doplhins.
Today, we saw a lot of common dolphins (100) and a lot of balearic shearwaters (1000).
A lot of sightings for our first cruise : at least 150 common dolphins, 2 bottlenose dolphins, 2 harbour porpoises ! We saw also many birds : balearic, manx ans sooty shearwaters, northern gannets, common scoters, gulls...