Friday, February 10, 2012

Sperm whales and dolphins for all to see

Today was a good day for us, as we had enough clients to go to the sea in both the morning and the afternoon. The day started a bit drizzly, but conditions soon cleared up and we managed to have 2 very good tours.

Morning:
We started off with a few small groups of common dolphins (including one playful group that had a very small calf) and two bottlenose dolphins. Later we headed a bit further offshore where we encountered a group of sperm whales. At one stage we were watching 7 or 8 sperm whales together on the surface. Some of our passengers were also lucky enough to see one of the sperm whales breach near our boat!

 Sperm whales
 Common dolphin

Afternoon:
In the afternoon we had to travel further to see the whales again, as they had moved about 10 nautical miles from where we last saw them in the morning. But the important thing was that we saw them again, and like the morning we had 7 or 8 whales up on the surface together. We also saw common dolphins again in the afternoon, so at the end of the day we were pleased to have been able to show all of our passengers some of the whales and dolphins of the Azores.



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