Friday, July 5, 2013

Minke whale and lot of dolphins

Today was another sunny day with a calm sea. We saw three species of dolphins in the morning, two resident species: common dolphin and bottlenose dolphins and a migratory species: Atlantic spotted dolphins. Unfortunately, we witnessed a very sad thing, one of the bottlenose dolphins had a plastic bag around its head, and we could observe the dolphin jumping to try to get it off (see photo below).
In the afternoon we had the great luck to resight the resident species of dolphins from the morning, but also a minke whale. The minke whale is the smallest baleen whale we can see here in the Azores. We also saw several loggerhead turtles.

Photos from the morning:
Bottlenose dolphins
Bottlenose dolphins with our zodiac boat

 Bottlenose dolphin trying to take out a plastic that was trapped around his head 

Returning to Ponta Delgada close to the coast
Our clients watching bottlenose dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:

Common dolphins bowriding in perfect clear blue water

Common dolphins all around our catamaran

Video of the minke whale surfacing

Minke whale

The minke whale approaching our boat,
it was a very curious individual

Minke whale

Minke whale

Our dolphin swimming this afternoon. The most beautiful part is beneath the surface

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