Monday, August 15, 2011

7 cetacean species in one day!

Today was another excellent day of whale watching for Futurismo. Throughout the day we have seen 7 cetacean species: sperm whales, pilot whales, beaked whales, Risso's dolphins, bottlense dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins.

One of our boats had a particularly special encounter this morning with a group of pilot whales together with 3 beaked whales. Beaked whales are normally very difficult to watch because they spend very little time at the surface and they are very shy. But these beaked whales stayed on the surface for a long time so everybody could see them very well. An added bonus was a very small newborn pilot whale that was also in the group.

Our sperm whale sightings today were also really good. We were lucky to have 2 very large male sperm whales in the area today and the water has been calm all day so we could see them very well. During both our morning and afternoon tours we got to see some great high tails as the sperm whales went on their deep dives. Another great day for us at Futurismo!

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