Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A perfect summers day with dolphins and a surprise encounter with a sei whale!!!

Today was an absolutely perfect day in São Miguel; we couldn't have asked for better. We had clear blue skies the whole day and very calm water that was like a mirror at times. In the morning we sighted some very large groups of Atlantic spotted dolphins (with many young calves) and common dolphins. In the afternoon we had a surprise encounter with a sei whale as well as more common dolphins and a small group of bottlenose dolphins on our way back to the marina.

Photos from the morning tour:

Atlantic spotted dolphins in crystal clear waters were the highlight of today

Watching common dolphins from our catamaran


Common tern

Atlantic spotted dolphins



Atlantic spotted dolphins bowriding in front of our catamaran




A huge group of spotted dolphins with our catamaran










Photos from the afternoon tour:

Loggerhead turtle

Sei whale


Sei whale with curious common dolphins swimming near its head


Sei whale surfacing (with a common dolphin near the blowholes)

Common dolphins



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