Sunday, April 6, 2008

More false killer whales


False killer whales

Yesterday was the day of the false killer whales.
In the morning the weather was nice and we went to eastern part of the island where our vigia (onshore lookout) had spotted a lot of dolphins: common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Risso's dolphins. We also received news that the vigia had spotted a group of animals that seemed to be false killer whales. First we observed the common and bottlenose dolphins, then we went further to confirm that it was in fact false killer whales that our vigia had spotted. It was a group of more than 40 individuals, travelling very fast to the west. We had the chance of observing big males as well as females that were very confident with their calves (babies) around the boats. After this incredible encounter we still had time for a quick look at the Risso's dolphins. It was a fantastic morning with four cetacean species!

In the afternoon the weather was not so good, but we headed wet hopping that we could encounter whales again. Luck was on our side as we encountered the false killer whales again, just south of Relva. We also resighted the bottlenose dolphins, so it turned out to be a very good tour, especially considering the deteriorating weather conditions.

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