A call from the Bridge that dolphins are approaching the ship is always cause for excitement. As we grab our binoculars and head for the open decks, two questions are usually foremost in our minds: “Will they come close enough to ride our bow wave?” and “What kind of dolphins are they?” For many of us, bottlenose dolphins are by far the most familiar species–they are found all around the world and are particularly common along the Atlantic coast of the United States. But bottlenose dolphins are only one of 40 different species found all around the planet, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. On Lindblad Expeditions voyages we come across many of these beautiful animals. While it’s likely that a few of these species will already be familiar to you, there are many others on our list that might be a bit more surprising, but all of them are fascinating to see in the wild.
Main image: David M. Schrader