Sunday, June 27, 2010

6 cetacean species in one day

Today we had a great day on the water. On both our morning and afternoon whale watching tours we saw 4 cetacean species; giving us a total of 6 different species for the day. In the morning we saw common dolphins, Risso's dolphins, pilot whales, and a very familiar large male sperm whale that we call "Mr Liable". In the afternoon we saw Mr Liable again, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and striped dolphins. On both tours we were also lucky to see some interesting behaviour including a lot of socialising, high leaps from all dolphin species, and lobtailing (tail slapping). In the morning we also observed an interesting interaction between the pilot whales and Risso's dolphins, which included a lot of fast surface movements, lobtailing, and leaps from both species.

Striped dolphins travelling very fast


Pilot whales

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