Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins

Botllenose dolphins and sperm whales! That is what the day brought us.
For our morning tour the weather was good, just a little foggy. When we left the marina had already been informed that our vigia (onshore lookout) in Água de Pau had already spotted sperm whales. The boats went straight to the area and we saw at least 4 sperm whales. The sperm whales were easy to see, but the dolphins were not. We tried to find a group and after some time our vigia spotted a nice group of bottlenose dolphins right near the area we had been watching the whales. We had plenty of time to take some great photos before we returned to base. The following photo of two sperm whales diving was taken this morning by M.r Niels Roug this morning. Thank you for sharing this photo with us!

For the afternoon we expect to see at least some of the same animals. We found the same group of dolphins closer to land, near Caloura. We spent a few minutes with the bottlenose dolphins while waiting for the announcement of whales.  We searched the area and encountered a turtle. Not bad! After a lot more time travelling our vigia in Ponta Garça finally saw the whales, about two miles from land. So in the end we were lucky to have the same sperm whales in our afternoon tour.

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