Saturday, July 27, 2013

Another day with whales and tails

Today we had another beautiful day on the sea watching the whales and dolphins of the Azores. It was an easy day for the crew as there was not much waiting between each encounter. We began by hopping from one sperm whale to the next as they were all coming up to the surface in sequence. We were able to see 3 whales up close, all of them showing a beautiful high tail when they began their dives. Following the whales we had encounters with Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins and those people on our catamaran were able to enjoy a coastal return and view of Vila Franca Islet before returning to Ponta Delgada.
 
Photos from this morning:
 
Sperm whale head (note the blowhole on the front left of the head)

Sperm whale fluke

Watching a sperm whale from our catamaran

Our last fluke this morning - a whale we know as Pm50 in our catalogue.
This whale was first photographed in São Miguel in July 2009 and has also been sighted in the central group of the Azores
 
Atlantic spotted dolphin juvenile jumping

Atlantic spotted dolphin


Common dolphin

Common dolphin leaping

Common dolphins - mother and calf

Sally lightfoot crabs (Grapsus grapsus)

Photos from the afternoon and sunset tour:

Azorean buzzard (Buteo buteo rothschildi)

Azorean buzzard (Buteo buteo rothschildi)

Sunset along the south coast of São Miguel Island

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