Friday, July 22, 2011

A big thank you to Peeter Londo from Estonia for sending in these photos of sperm whales as they dived while we were alongside them last week!



Peeter was hoping we could identify the individuals but unfortunately the photos aren't clear enough - does anybody else have photos of the whales diving during the morning trip on Friday 15th? Futurismo.biologists@gmail.com is the place to send them. We need to be able to see the tail in focus to see every notch and scratch to be able to make a positive ID. What we do know for sure however was that it was a juvenile and an adult female, probably the mother. We remember them well as the juvenile put on quite a show for one of our boats, unexpectedly breaching (jumping) out of the water!







We haven't seen sperm whales so far today, but we have encountered a visiting pod of pilot whales and a few groups of common, bottlenose and Atlantic spotted dolphins. There's a lot of very small calves around at the moment so we've really enjoyed watching these nursey groups as the little ones learn how to jump and swim alongside the adults! Here's just one of many, this individual is a baby spotted dolphin (although he hasn't had time to develop his spots yet!)...


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