Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The first whale of the year is a sperm whale called "Mr Liable"

Today was one of those days that we did not expect to see whales...but we did!! The trip was kind of pumpy and long but we ended up having great encounters with of common dolphins and sperm whales. Our vigia had spotted the whales to the southeast of the island, and although initially it seemed to far for us we were able to get there on time and enjoy several minutes with a big male sperm whale. The whale turned out to be one we call "Mr Liable" because he is very reliable in showing up here on a regular basis, staying on the surface for a long time and almost always showing a beautiful high tail (as he did today).

The first indiciation of a sperm whale, its small dorsal fin which is more like a hump

We were about 8 nautical miles from the shore, at 37º34'52,6''N and 25º17'17,5''W.
The blow it's one of the easiest ways to spot a whale at sea
Before we arrived, the lookout told us that the sperm whale had been diving between 45 to 60 minutes each time it went down, so we were lucky to get there in time during one of his surface intervals.
A better view of the dorsal region of the sperm shale which has the characteristic wavy pattern
Just before a deep dive the Sperm whale shows the fluke and can stay underwater for a period of up to 2 hours

The typical image that everyone wants to have on their cameras from a whale watching trip!! This is what we always want you to experience when we go out to see sperm whales.

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