Sunday, July 28, 2013

Close contact with sperm whales

Today we had an amazing day for sperm whale watching. Throughout the day we had a group of sperm whales (including two large males in the morning). In the morning we saw some socialising behaviour as well as some tails whereas in the afternoon the whales were only socialising. We were able to see much more of the whales than usual as they were rolling around on the surface. Several times they were very curious towards our catamaran and we had a great show as a small group of Atlantic spotted dolphins were swimming around the whales. Throughout the day we also encountered common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and striped dolphins.

Video of a juvenile sperm whale swimming fast towards a female (maybe its mother) and when it is close it raises its fluke to "brake" and line up nicely alongside the female.

Video of the sperm whales together with Atlantic spotted dolphins in the afternoon

Photos from the morning:

Bottlenose dolphins, juvenile and mother

Three bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin baby

Common dolphins

Three sperm whales, two females and one male

Common dolphin spyhopping right next to our catamaran "Cetus"

Photos from the afternoon:

Sperm whale underwater behind our catamaran

Sperm whale lying on its back (you can see the white line of the bottom jaw)

Sperm whale spyhopping (again showing its narrow bottom jaw)

Male sperm whale diving

Three sperm whales

More sperm whales

Sperm whale on its side, you can see the pectoral fin, the fluke sticking up and the white jawline

Close up of the fluke when the whale is on its side

Bottlenose dolphin surfacing

Bottlenose dolphin 

Common dolphins

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