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

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