Monday, July 11, 2011

After a cloudy start to the day, the skies have finally cleared and the sun has reappeared so our guests are out enjoying encounters with a group of sperm whales, some very fast moving striped dolphins, and pods of Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins.

A guest from last week has kindly sent in some pictures from his whalewatching trip during which we spent some time with a big group of pilot whales - see below, thank you to Magnus Ekberg! We are currently putting together a photo ID catalogue of pilot whales to better understand the animals we see in our waters, and having guests send in their pictures is really helpful to ensure we identify as many animals in the group as possible. Our photo ID catalogues currently include sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. If you've been out whalewatching or dolphin swimming with us recently feel free to send in your pictures to - if the photo clearly shows the dorsal fin and/or tail flukes and any unusual marks we may be able to identify the animal you saw!

It's often possible to tell the diffence between male and female pilot whales by their dorsal fins - this looks like an adult male and smaller female swimming side by side

Another great photo from Magnus - a group of common dolphins bow-riding at the front of our catamaran Cetus

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