Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bryde's whale feeding with spotted dolphins and birds

Todays sighting that got the majority of our attention was a Bryde's whale feeding with Atlantic spotted dolphins and Cory's shearwaters. This was a new Bryde's whale (we can idientify the individuals from their dorsal fins) and not the same one as we saw yesterday, which means there are several individuals around. They have a very funny behaviour, being active on the surface and curiously coming close to our boats. We also encountered common dolphins (one of our boats saw them feeding together with spotted dolphins) and we saw lots of flying fish as well. Photos from this morning: 

The Bryde's whale with a Cory's shearwater

Here you can see the typical ridges of a Bryde's whale on its head/top jaw

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