Saturday, May 21, 2011

Today was the third day in a row that we had very calm seas here in São Miguel. This makes it easier to spot whales and gives great viewing conditions for our observations. Throughout the day we could see over 50 nautical miles, which meant that our vigias (onshore watchmen) spotted sperm whales about 28 miles off the coastline. It wasn't just sperm whales that we saw. In both the morning and afternoon we also saw common dolphins, and in the afternoon we had a bonus sighting of 2 fin whales. All of our sightings were excellent and benefited from the great water visibility. Here are some photos taken during today's tours:

Sperm whale raising its tail to go on a deep dive

Sperm whale mother and calf pair

One of the 2 fin whales we saw this afternoon

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