Saturday, April 20, 2013

4 species including orcas and sei whales

Today in the morning we were out on our catamaran "Cetus" and we encountered 4 different species of cetaceans. We barely left the marina when we spotted the first species; the well known common dolphin. The group was small and not as curious as this species usually is, so we watched them for a while and then went west to a where our vigia (onshore lookout) spotted orcas (also known as killer whales) for us. The orcas were as amazing as earlier (see our previous blog posts to see our encounters with the same group), coming very close to the boat and playing around (as you can see in the photos below). After we traveled more to southwest to an area where the vigia had seen some sperm whales. While we were waiting for them to surface we encountered a group of striped dolphins jumping and traveling fast. We left the area of the sperm whales and started going back when we came across a group of 3 sei whales coming close to our boat. We all saw them very well before we made the trip back to Ponta Delgada.

See our video from the past days of sighting below, or on youtube by clicking HERE.

Photos from today:

One of the female orcas investigating the back of our boat

Orca right next to our boat, looking up at us through the water

 Male approaching the side of our boat

Lobtailing behaviour

 One of the males we know very well now

 3 orca of the group
Looking for sperm whales

Striped dolphin in front of our bow

Striped dolphin (stenella coeruleoalba)

Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

Sei whale from behind (showing the two blowholes characteristic of all baleen whales)

Sei whale

Cruising on back on our catamaran along the beautiful coastline of São Miguel

One of our whale watchers from Holland

Cory's shearwater (Calonectris diomedea borealis)

Juvenile yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis atlantis)

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