Sunday, June 30, 2013

4 species on a sunny day

In the morning we had many encounters, with common dolphins together with spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and sperm whales. We saw one bottlenose dolphin baby so small that it cannot be more then a few hours old. We also had swimming with these wonderful dolphins. In the afternoon we had a lovely encounter with a big pod of curious common dolphins. This group was full of calves, some of them just newborns. The next species that we saw was the bottlenose dolphin doing high jumps, amusing everyone! After a while we traveled to another area, trying to see sperm whales that were sighted and in the meantime we released some mail pigeons to train them (a request from a local resident). All of our boats waited a long time to see sperm whales in the place they were last spotted, but unfortunately nobody got to see a whale on this tour. However, everybody was happy with the wonderful dolphins!

Video from the morning:

Photos from the morning:

Travelling out on our catamaran "Cetus"

Bottlenose dolphins

Common dolphin

Sperm whale seen from our catamaran after a long wait

Sperm whale diving - we later confirmed this was a new individual we had not seen before

And the icing on the cake...a baby loggerhead turtle
Photos from the afternoon:

Common dolphin next to our zodiac

A common dolphin with a flopped dorsal fin,
might be our friend Victor

Our zodiac boat

Our catamaran "Cetus"

Common dolphin playing around our catamaran

Watching common dolphins from our catamaran

Bottlenose dolphin jumping - almost a perfect shot!

Bottlenose dolphin surfing the waves behind our catmaran

Releasing mail pigeons to train them to find their way home

Rock pigeon (Columbia livia atlantis)

Photos from the full day:

Bottlenose dolphins
Sperm whale
Our zodiac boat 
Vila Franca island
The group of full day go back to Vila Franca
Our clients watching bottlenose dolphins

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