Friday, May 31, 2013

Sperm whale, fin whales and many dolphins

Today we had another full day on the ocean. In the morning we encountered a couple of small groups of common dolphins and then continued a bit further off the coastline to try to see a male sperm whale that our vigia (onshore lookout) had spotted. The whale was close to our base in Ponta Delgada and we did not have to wait long for him to return to the surface from one of his long deep feeding dives. The whale was "Mr Liable", our most sighted and therefore most famous sperm whale in São Miguel Island. After our sperm whale encounter we had time to see the common dolphins better before heading back into base and a curious loggerhead turtle.

Video of the loggerhead turtle this morning:


The afternoon started with a mixed pod of striped dolphins and common dolphins (about 70 individuals, including many calves) jumping in front the boat. We enjoyed the group for some minutes as they were bowriding. The next encounter was 1 big fin whale (about 22 meters in length) with some common dolphins nearby. On the way back we saw another fin whale (smaller than the previous one).

Photos from the morning:

Mr Liable

Loggerhead turtle
Loggerhead turtle
Photos from the afternoon:

Common dolphin
Common dolphin leaping in front of one of our boats

Striped dolphins

Fin whale

Fin whale diving

Whale watchers in the afternoon

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