Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Another great day with a lot of dolphins

Today in the morning we had large groups of common dolphins and spotted dolphins. Among the common dolphins we encountered a well known dolphin - Victor, a common dolphin with a flopped dorsal fin (see photo below). In the afternoon we spotted a loggerhead turtle and while we where watching the turtle some Risso's dolphins came and played in the waves. After the Risso's dolphins we watched a lovely group of common dolphins. Photos from today:


Swimming with common dolphins






Common dolphins all around the boat

Common dolphin with flopped dorsal fin

Spotted dolphins playing in the waves

Spotted dolphins

Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphins playing in the waves

Common dolphins from the afternoon

Common dolphins following us




Monday, July 30, 2012

A sei whale and a lot of dolphins

Today in the morning we had huge groups of common dolphins, spotted dolphins and Risso's dolphins. The Risso's dolphin is a very shy dolphin species but today we had them close to the boat, jumping, tail slapping , spyhopping and even bowriding. In the afternoon we saw the same 3 dolphin species, we had great swimming with the common dolphins and our whale watchers had a nice encounter with a sei whale. Photos from today:



Spotted dolphins


Common dolphins


Risso's dolphins bowriding

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Beaked whales and dolphins

Today we had great tours starting with a large group of Risso's dolphins, around 60-80 individuals. Later we encountered a lot of Atlantic spotted dolphins jumping and playing around the boats. In the afternoon we saw both Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins and the day ended with a lucky encounter with two beaked whales. Some photos from today:

Rissos dolphins (juvenile surfacing next to the fin of its mother)




Spotted dolphins 

Common dolphin sighted in the afternoon 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Super pod of spotted dolphins

Today we had a super pod of spotted dolphins and we didn't now where to point our cameras cause the dolphins were everywhere! Can you count how many there are in this photo?

Spotted dolphins

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fin whale and dolphins

In the morning we had a sighting of a fin whale passing by. The baleen whales are migratory and normally pass by Azores between April to May or the beginning of June so it is not common to see them here this time of the year. After this beautiful whale we saw common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Those on our zodiac boat also had an additional sighting of Atlantic spotted dolphins.

Photos from the morning:

Surprise encounter with a fin whale

Adult fin whale

Our boat - Song of Whales

Our passengers watching bottlenose dolphins

Our afternoon started off very wet with a lot of rain passing over the island. However, by the time we got offshore it had cleared up and we encountered some really acrobatic groups of Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins. There were also sperm whales in the area, but unfortunately due to the rainy conditions over the island our vigias (onshore lookout men) lost sight of them. Nevertheless we had some really great moments with the dolphins.

Photos from the afternoon:

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphin leaping

Atlantic spotted dolphin leaping

Common dolphins

Common dolphins

Common dolphins

Common dolphins: mother and calf

Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins

Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins

Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A lot of common dolphins

Today we had a rough sea and some rain in the afternoon but still great swimming tours with common dolphins both in the morning and afternoon. Some underwater footage from the dolphins swim today:




Tuesday, July 24, 2012

6 species today!

Today in the morning we started with pilot whales, which we haven't seen for a while now so it was a happy sighting, and later sperm whales interacting with bottlenose dolphins and some spotted dolphins on the way back to the harbour. Our other whale watching boats also saw Risso's dophins and common dolphins. In the afternoon we had a large group of sperm whales that was very close together and very curious and they came very close to our boat checking us out. Some photos from today:

Pilot Whale

Bottlenose dolphin and sperm whale 


Spotted dolphins jumping

Common dolphins

Monday, July 23, 2012

A calm and beautiful dolphin day

Today in the morning we had a calm and beautiful sea and a lot of dolphins. We encountered common dolphins, a group of three bottlenose dolphins and a big group of spotted dolphins. And on the way back to the harbour we met another group of common dolphins jumping, playing and bowriding. Some photos from the morning.



Common dolphins (mother and calf)






A young dolphin watcher


Spotted dolphins swimming by the catamaran

Common dolphins bowriding


Common dolphins jumping by the boat

A loggerhead turtle


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