Thursday, May 9, 2013

May continues with more whales

This morning we went out whale watching with 3 boats (2 zodiacs and the catamaran "Cetus"). Our luck continued as we have encountered whales every day so far this month. First our vigia (onshore lookout) spotted a sei whale near the coastline. We did not get to see the sei whale very well but soon after the vigia spotted another whale further offshore. It turned out to be a fin whale and we all got to see it very well while it was travelling alongside our boats. After a while the sea became a bit rough, but we managed to complete our tour nicely with common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Between our cetacean encounters we also got to see several seabirds, including Cory's shearwaters, common terns, gulls and pomarine skuas. Photos from today:

Bottlenose dolphins

Sei whale

Sei whale

Dorsal fin of the sei whale

Watching a fin whale from our catamaran Cetus

Fin whale with São Miguel in the background

Fin whale blow

Biologist Ida explaining what we have seen

Common dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins

Pomarine skua

Our sailor Paulo is picking up a fender that was drifting out at sea

Barnacles on the rope of the fender

Recycling the 'big' fender

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