Saturday, September 25, 2010

Whales and dolphins put on a show: Breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping, and more...

Here are some photos taken by our crew over the last few days. These are some of the spectacular behaviours that we have seen the whales and dolphins performing as part of their natural behaviour out here in the wild...

The ultimate show: a sperm whale breaching (lunging its body out of the water)
A sperm whale lobtailing (repeatedly slapping its tail on the surface with a lot of force)

More lobtailing!

Large male pilot whale spyhopping
(slowly rising vertically out of the water, enabling it to see above the water)

Risso's dolphin jumping/breaching

Risso's dolphin doing a 'headstand'
(this dolphin suspended itself upside down completely vertical for a few seconds)

Whales and dolphins are very social animals that are amazing to watch interacting in the wild with other members of their group. It's always great when we are able to observe these impressive surface behaviours during our tours.

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