Friday, May 20, 2011

A perfect day on the sea

Today was another beautiful clear, calm and warm day which made for great conditions for whale and dolphin watching. The sea was as flat as a mirror and very clear down to at least 20 meters. Throughout this perfect day we had sightings of sperm whales, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. All of these animals were very close to shore, just outside of Ponta Delgada where our tours depart from. It couldn´t have been much better today. Throughout the day we got to see several female sperm whales with their small calves. We saw several of the sperm whales bringing up their great tails to go on their deep dives, and a lot of very sociable dolphins. The bottlenose dolphins that we saw during the afternoon were particularly memorable as it was a very large active group in which all the dolphins were travelling together with our boat. We are expecting more great weather this weekend, so we are anticipating more great sightings in the coming days.

Watching bottlenose dolphins from our catamaran

Bottlenose dolphin - one of our resident species in the Azores

Female sperm whale raising its tail to go on a dive

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