Friday, June 28, 2013

Common and Bottlenose dolphins and a difficult day for sperm whales

This morning we did swimming with dolphins (with common dolphins) and whale watching. First we encountered a group of bottlenose dolphins and we were able to identify 5 different individuals (4 adults and a juvenile). We watched them for a while and our biologists took photographs of the dorsal fins of the dolphins so we can later identify the individuals we encountered. Next we traveled east to an area where our onshore vigia had spotted some sperm whales. Unfortunately the whales were also travelling east, fairly fast, and we were headed directly into the waves. After some time we had to give and start heading back. Suddenly the skipper of one of our boats, Song of Whales, spotted the blow of a sperm whale, so in the end everybody on this boat was lucky to briefly see the sperm whale before it dived with its tail in the air! 
During the afternoon tour we saw a large group of common dolphins! and a young loggerhead turtle.

Photos from the morning:

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins passing in front of our zodiac boat

These two bottlenose dophins can easily be identified by the marks on their dorsal fins

Our marine biologist Clara explaining more about the bottlenose dolphins we saw

Our zodiac boat

Photos from the afternoon:

Common dolphins and our zodiac boat

Clients of the fiber boat watching the common dolphins and our zodiac boat behind


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