Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blainville's beaked whales and dolphins

Today we had a very lucky encounter with beaked whales. Beaked whales usually spend very little time at the surface and they are very shy and elusive, making good sightings rare. Often when we see beaked whales the sighting is very brief and we cannot even see the animals well enough to confirm the species. But yesterday morning we were watching 5 individuals at the surface for a long time and we were able to see them well enough to confirm that they were Blainville's beaked whales. Throughout the day we also encountered groups of common dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and Risso's dolphins. Here are a few of our photos from the morning:

Risso's dolphins - juvenile surfacing alongside its mother

Risso's dolphins - adult and juvenile

Atlantic spotted dolphin leaping in front of our boat

Our zodiac boat (in perfect sea conditions)

Blainville's beaked whales

Blainville's beaked whale

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