Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Photos from this morning´s tour:

Striped dolphin

Striped dolphin mother and calf pair

Common dolphin mother and calf pair

During the morning tour today we had some great sightings of 2 dolphin species: common dolphins and striped dolphins. There were several common dolphin groups to the west of the islands, and one of them was travelling together with the striped dolphins. In these groups we were able to see several very small calves, including the smallest striped dolphin calves I have ever seen.

Photos from this afternoon´s tour:

Bottlenose dolphin repeatedly jumping off the coast of Relva

Common dolphins swimming alongside our boat and looking up at our passengers

Young sperm whale sighted this afternoon off the coast of Mosteiros

Our afternoon tour started off with an excellent sighting of at least 60 bottlenose dolphins. We got to see several acrobatic jumps before we continued along to coast to view a pod of sperm whales that our shore-based vigia (lookout man) had spotted to the west of the island. The sperm whales were just surfacing for short periods, but we were still able to see several females and their calves, some which were very small. In between our sperm whale sightings we also saw a small loggerhead turtle and a group of common dolphins which were curiously swimming alongside our boats and checking out our passengers through the clear calm water.

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