Thursday, May 16, 2013

Orcas close to Ponta Delgada, Azores

This morning we had another great whale watching tour in São Miguel, Azores. We went out on one of our zodiacs and encountered a group of about 60 bottlenose dolphins followed by 2 orcas (a male and a female). We stayed with the bottlenose dolphins for a while, enjoying the way they were travelling curiously alongside our boat, then we went to the orcas that were travelling right past our base in Ponta Delgada. Both the male and female orcas were familiar to us from previous encounters this year. We feel extremely lucky to see them so many times this year since our first encounter at the beginning of January.

Underwater footage off the bottlenose dolphins can be seen by clicking HERE

Male orca

Female orca

Female orca lobtailing (tailslapping)

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