Friday, January 20, 2012

20 sperm whales sighted together at the surface!!

Today we encountered a very large group of sperm whales off the São Miguel coastline. At one stage our skipper counted about 20 sperm whales on the surface together! The sperm whale group was actually larger than the groups of common dolphins we also saw on our tour. The sperm whales were socialsing at the surface, so we got to see one breach (a whale jumping out of the water), grouping up behaviour, spyhopping (whales raising their heads out of the water) and a few very curious individuals passing close to our boat. The following photos only show a few of the sperm whales that we saw, but more can be seen in our video on our facebook page.

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