Sunday, October 14, 2012

Whale watching and great swimming with bottlenose dolphins

Today we had whale watching in the morning and swimming with dolphins in the afternoon. Boat tours were really good with great sea conditions and many cetacean sightings. In the morning we sighted Atlantic spotted dolphins, a very social group of bottlenose dolphins and sperm whales. The sperm whale group was one that we recognise from previous years and we were able to identify two individuals from their tails.

See a video filmed from our catamaran, of a sperm whale diving here.

In the afternoon we swam with the bottlenose dolphins that we sighted in the morning. The dolphins were socialising and were very curious towards the swimmers in the water. All of us managed to get a really good look at the group of about 15 dolphins.

See underwater video footage of the swimming with dolphins here.

Photos from the morning whale watching:

Watching bottlenose dolphins from our catamaran

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Sperm whale

Sperm whale ("Pinkie" first photographed here October 2008)

Our zodiac boat

Watching a sperm whale from our catamaran

Sperm whale

Watching a sperm whale from our catamaran

Sperm whale ("Sumo Wrestler" first photographed here July 2010 and seen before with "Pinkie")

Photos from the afternoon swimming with dolphins:

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