Sunday, February 10, 2013

2 fin whales, dolphins and a sunfish

The early baleen whale season continues with two fin whales. We started our tour with a sunfish approaching and swimming just a meter from our zodiac. We traveled to the south east and saw our first fin whale. It was a juvenile and swimming in different directions so it was hard to see the whale. Our vigia was watching an adult just a little bit to the south so we went to watch this one instead. It traveled in one direction and it was easier to watch and we all got a good look at this enormous animal. In the afternoon we did not resight the whales, but we encountered two groups of common dolphins. Photos from the tours:

The juvenile fin whale

The adult fin whale

Sunfish

Portuguese man-o-war

Blacklegged kittiwake

Enjoying the beauty of the ocean and coastline

On our way back to Ponta Delgada

Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

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