Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blue whale, sei whale, common dolphins and a leatherback turtle

Leatherback turtle

The above photo was taken by one of our passengers, Sari Wallin, that she has kindly shared with us. It is a photo of the head of the leatherback turtle we saw during our tour this morning. We do not often see leatherback turtles here, so we were all very excited and most of us (including myself) missed the photo opportunity. We actually managed to get quite close to the turtle as it was lying on the surface among a pod of common dolphins. We got to see its huge shell which was over a metre long, then it lifted up its head and went down on a dive.

Common dolphin Common dolphin
Blue whale
Blue whale

Throughout the day we also had encounters with a blue whale and several sei whales that were passing very close to the coastline. by the early afternoon the huge blue whale had approached the coast to just outside of Ponta Delgada, only a few minutes travel out of the marina. We also had a couple of groups of common dolphins around, which included several very small calves and some very acrobatic individuals. We were able to see the dolphins clearly as they were diving deep under our boat. We were lucky to have another one of those perfect days of crystal clear water here in the Azores.

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