Thursday, May 23, 2013

3 species on cloudy day - common dolphins, sperm whales and fin whales

Today, we had very interesting trips, both in the morning and in the afternoon. We went out at 9 am with a cloudy sky, but good visibility and a perfect calm sea. Today it is World Turtle Day and as it turned out, during our way to an area of common dolphins, we saw a loggerhead turtle next to one of our boats. At that time our vigia (onshore lookout) had already spotted the common dolphins so we approached the group, which was made up of about 30 individuals, including some newborns that seemed to be very curious and playful. Later we left the area and continued further to where the sperm whales were spotted. We could see several groups of sperm whales, in a total of about 17 individuals. One of the groups showed us the flukes of 4 individuals at the same time. Suddenly, the common dolphins (a smaller group, of about 10 individuals) appeared and started swimming around to the sperm whales.

In the afternoon, we could see many interesting animals. The vigia (onshore lookout) spotted a huge and scattered group of common dolphins along the west part of the island, close to Ponta Delgada. We got there and were delighted with the show they gave to us, jumping and surfing the waves very close to us. After some minutes, we left the area and we moved away to see some larger cetacean species. It was time to see some fin whales, a mother with her calf. To finish this fantastic day, we encountered a large male sperm whale, the well known Mr. Liable. Photos from today:
A big group of common dolphins

Common dolphin

Head of a sperm whale
Fluke of a sperm whale

Group of sperm whales diving

Fluke of a sperm whale

Video of one of 17 sperm whales diving

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