Monday, July 2, 2012

Underwater footage - sperm whales socialising!

Today was another great day with many more great sightings at sea. Four different cetacean species were sighted throughout the day: in the morning we saw sperm whales, two sei whales (a lucky encounter for this time of the year) and common dolphins while in the afternoon we resighted the sperm whales together with Atlantic spotted dolphins.

We would first like to share the following underwater clip of sperm whales near our zodiac boat in the afternoon. On this afternoon tour we were extremely lucky to see the sperm whales socialising, which gave us the chance to see them rolling around on the surface, raising their heads out of the water, mating and breaching (seen from a distance).

Our crew also managed to get many other great photos throughout the day, and here are just a few of them...

Photos form the morning:

 Sei whale

Sei whale

Sperm whale

Sperm whales close to Ponta Delgada

Common dolphins

Our swimming boat

Preparing to swim with common dolphins

Our observation boat watching common dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:
On this tour the sperm whales were the star of the show. We also sighted Atlantic spotted dolphins, but we stayed with the sperm whales because they were socialising at the surface...

First sperm whale sighted - very beautiful tail

Watching a group of sperm whales spyhopping and rolling over

Sperm whale mouth!

Large female spyhopping

Two tail tips side by side

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