Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A bright blue day with 5 species

Today we went out on the blue sea confident that would we have good sightings, the visibility was great and the weather perfect. During the morning we had several pods of dolphins and in total we sighted four species. Striped dolphins jumping in unison, and very playful common dolphins feeding, Atlantic spotted dolphins feeding together with bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, Cory's shearwaters and great shearwaters (our first sighting of this bird species this year!), and finally the great bottlenose dolphins. One of our zodiac still had time to see a loggerhead turtle and to collect one fishing net from the ocean. In the afternoon we started with sperm whales, a female and a very curious calf that, after the female dived, started spyhopping and approaching our boats. After the whales we completed the tour with spotted dolphins, a lonely bottlenose dolphin, a huge group of common dolphins and on our way back (the crew had started tying the fenders we came across a group of bottlenose dolphins like a cherry on top.

Photos from this morning:

Common dolphin feeding together with shearwaters

A fish in the air!

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Watching bottlenose dolphins

A spotted dolphin and a Cory's shearwater

A spotted dolphin

Photos from this afternoon:

Female sperm whale diving and the calf started approaching us

The calf playing around showing the fluke, spyhopping and rolling around

The head of the calf

Common dolphin

Cory's shearwater

Great shearwater - the first of the year!

Cory's shearwater chasing a great shearwater

Watching the bottlenose dolphins outside the marina

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