Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Week of the pilot whales and sperm whales

July sightings so far...

Now that we are well and truly into the summer season the Futurismo team has been busy running many of our different tours that we offer. During the first week of this month we have already had some great sightings, including the first appearance of Atlantic spotted dolphins, which is a very good indication that the  summer is truly here (we only see this species during the warmer months of the year). Other dolphin species seen so far are striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and common dolphins. This morning we also saw a group of about 6 beaked whales (they appeared to be Sowerby's beaked whales), which was a very lucky encounter as beaked whales are generally very elusive and usually very difficult see properly. Pilot whales and sperm whales have been the stars of the show in a lot of our recent tours. During our encounters with these species we have seen some very interesting behaviour, including a lot of group social behaviour from both species and breaching from a young sperm whale this afternoon!




Sperm whale breaching!!!



A group of pilot whales seen socialising at the surface


Sperm whale food: Large octopus or squid seen floating in the water around a group of sperm whales

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