Saturday, August 24, 2013

A curious Bryde's whale and dolphins all around

We started this day with a Bryde's whale that in the beginning was difficult to see as it was travelling fast (20 km/hr), but after a while it slowed down and came close to our boats. It was a bit curious, looking especially at our catamaran and we all got a good look at this beautiful whale. We also encountered bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins. By the afternoon the fast travelling whale had already left but we had more wonderful encounters with common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins. Another perfect day out on the sea. Our swimming boats had the great luck to swim with all three species of dolphins.

Photos from today:

A beautiful "rainblow" from the Bryde's whale

"Rainblow" from the Bryde's whale

The dorsal fin of the Bryde's whale with a remora fish on its back

Bryde's whale, you can see a little bit of its mouth 

Watching the Bryde's whale from our boat "Song of Whales"

Finally a good look at the Bryde's whale from our boat "Song of Whales"

Bottlenose dolphin near Ponta Delgada

Watching bottlenose dolphins from our boat "Song of Whales"

Playful bottlenose dolphins with our catamaran

Bottlenose dolphin calf surfacing next to its mom

Bottlenose dolphin calf "spyhopping"  next to its mom

A happy client watching a bottlenose dolphin

Spotted dolphin (juvenile) jumping next to our catamaran "Cetus"

Common dolphin jumping next to our catamaran "Cetus"

Common dolphins approaching our catamaran "Cetus"

Our zodiac boat surrounded by feeding dolphins and Cory's shearwaters

Two of our boats - zodiac and catamaran

Front view of our catamaran "Cetus"

An afternoon with hundreds of dolphins in front of our catamaran

Atlantic spotted dolphins

The final show of the day - 2 Cory's shearwaters fighting over a scabbard fish

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