Friday, February 22, 2008

At last the whales have arrived!

Sperm whale raising its fluke to initiate a deep dive

Our tour this morning started with some good news that our vigia (onshore lookout) had sighted some fin whales. We already had the feeling that the day of seeing whales arrived....but thea shower of rain soon dampened our spirits.  Instead of the whales we had to focus on what we had for the morning: common dolphins, Risso's and striped dolphins. Still not bad, seeing three different species during a tour.
The real surprise was reserved for the afternoon tour. We left the harbour thinking about seeing more dolphins but were soon told the news that our vigia (onshore lookout) had spotted about a dozen sperm whales! The group was composed of females and calves that were just hanging out very relaxed and curious and always staying in the same area. Our passengers had the chance to see two calves passing under the boat. It was a fantastic evening spent with whales as well as common dolphins. This is what whale watching is all about!

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