Monday, May 20, 2013

Great whale watching and swimming with dolphins

Today is another beautiful day in São Miguel and we spent the day having some great encounters with the whales and dolphins of the Azores. In both the morning and afternoon we had swimming with dolphins and whale watching. The swimming was with very curious bottlenose dolphins in the morning and in the afternoon it was with a group of common dolphins that were feeding at the surface, together with Cory's shearwaters. Both whale watching tours were sucessfull too, with fin whales and common dolphins. In the morning we re-sighted the same mother and calf fin whales from yesterday afternoon, and in the afternoon we were with a single fin whale that was doing long dives but eventually awarded our patience by letting us see it very well. Following are some photos from today:
Fin whale calf seen in the morning

Fin whale mother seen in the morning

One of our boats passing Rocha da Relva

Head of the fin whale encountered in the afternoon

Fin whale from the afternoon

Cory's shearwater, seen together with common dolphins

Common dolphin

Common dolphin and Cory's shearwaters feeding together

One of our swimming clients surrounded by a feeding group of Cory's shearwaters and common dolphins

A strange find - our biologist finds a strange jelly creature (inside the mask)

What is this jelly creature?

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