Friday, August 2, 2013

Bryde's whales, sperm whales and dolphins

During the last days of July and the beginning of August we have seen some baleen whales, including a female and a calf. These two whales were difficult to see, always feeding and until today we thought that these whales were fin whales. During the morning tour, finally, we made good pictures of the head and, to our surprise, we discovered that these were Bryde's whales. Besides this update, this morning was quite amusing and busy with atlantic spotted dolphins feeding and a family of sperm whales.
 
The afternoon we had our friends atlantic spotted dolphins in a huge pod having fun and swimming near the boat, bottlenose dolphins and sperm whales. Of the five sperm whales that we saw, we could count an amazing sighting with "mancha branca" (female with a "white patch") and a big male (of approximately 17 m) and very curious calf that approached one of our boats and swam beneath it. From our catamaran we got to see the sperm whales tailobbing, breaching and spyhopping!

Photos from the morning:
The Bryde's whales, calf and mother

The Bryde's whales

Close up of the calf's head
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Bryde's whale, pronounced Broo - dess here in Soa Miguel

Bryde's whale mother and calf 

Top view of the calf's head showing the 3 parallel ridges on top

Photos from the afternoon:

"Mancha branca" and a sperm whale male diving

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