Today we had a beautiful start to our morning whale watching trips. When we departed the sun was already bright and warm and it didn't take us too long to come across a group of sperm whales just outside of Ponta Delgada. We got to see many high tails as the sperm whales went on their deep dives. From our sightings we could confirm that there were more than 10 sperm whales in this group. There were also plenty of dolphins around: Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins. The spotted dolphins were particularly curious about our boats, so we got to have some great close encounters from our boats, as well as from the water for our dolphin swimming trip. The following photos our from our great encounters this morning:
Watching a sperm whale in the morning sun
One of the many sperm whale tails we saw
Atlantic spotted dolphins up close
Our afternoon tours were just as good. Our swimmers spent their time swimming again with Atlantic spotted dolphins, while the whale watchers had also encountered spotted dolphins as well as sperm whales, Risso's dolphins, common dolphins and striped dolphins.