Friday, October 19, 2012

Surprise encounter with a Humpback whale as well as Sperm whales and dolphins!

Today we had a surprise encounter with a juvenile humpback whale. This whale species is not sighted here on a regular basis and has not been sighted here since April 1st this year, so it was a bonus encounter. As well as this whale we encountered common dolphins and a well known group of sperm whales. Of the group we could identify two individuals; a whale we call "Orca" because of the grey saddle patch she has on her back (a bit like the saddle patch of an orca) and a whale we call "Small u" because of the small white u-shaped mark she has on the underside of her fluke.

Watching common dolphins from our catamaran

Common dolphin looking up at our catamaran

Sperm whale "Small u"

Sperm whale "Small u"

Our zodiac boat coming to join us

Sperm whale "Small u" diving

Sperm whale "Orca"

Saddle patch of sperm whale "Orca"

This sperm whale "Orca" also has marks around her blowhole

View from our catamaran

Sperm whale "Orca" diving

Sperm whale "Orca" diving

Juvenile humpback whale

Juvenile humpback whale

Juvenile humpback whale

Juvenile humpback whale



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