Today we had a wonderful day on the sea with a lot of different species. In the morning we started the tour with an encounter with common dolphins mixed with striped dolphins. Later on we had many sperm whales, rissos dolphins and spotted dolphins. We also saw a large loggerhead turtle.
Striped dolphin in the group of common dolphins
Sperm whale fluke
On of our boats watching Risso's dolphins
Three sperm whales together
In the afternoon we saw the spotted dolphins and sperm whales again. We also saw a group of striped dolphins, pilot whales and on the way back to Ponta Delgada some spotted dolphins kept us company jumping around the boat.
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin (mother and calf)
Today we also had another round of tours in the late afternoon (now that its getting a bit busier here) with more swimming and whale watching. For those on the swimming boat it was a very special tour that the family will never forget. We went out with a family that had two teenage girls in wheelchairs who had the dream of swimming with dolphins. We are very glad that we made it happen for them and it ended up being a very emotional time for everybody involved. Following are a few of our photos from this special experience.