Sunday, September 5, 2010

Breaching, a rare encounter with a Bryde's whale, and more...

September so far:

Strong winds kept us off the water for the first two days of the month. However, since then, our beautiful summer weather has returned and we have had some great whale and dolphin sightings. So far this month we have seen many common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins, Risso's dolphins, pilot whales, and sperm whales. This morning the passengers on one of our boats were lucky enough to also experience a rare encounter with a Bryde's whale. Even though not all of us saw the Bryde's whale it was still a great morning for all, as we had a group of sperm whales off our coastline. Some of the young calves in the group were very active, and we saw a couple of them breaching several times:

One of the young sperm whales seen breaching several times this morning
Among the sperm whale pod we also noticed an individual that had very prominent scars in front of its dorsal fin. We decided to nickname this whale "Orca" because the mark resembles the saddlepatch of an orca (killer whale). By comparing the photograph we got of the flukes of this whale we will be able to determine if we have seen this individual in these waters before.

A sperm whale called Orca

Hopefully the remainder of September will be packed full of more great encounters with sperm whales and other cetacean species of the Azores.

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