Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sperm whale and beaked whales

Today, despite a rough sea, we had great whale watching and swimming tours during the morning and afternoon. In the morning we saw nice pods of common dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins surfing the waves. In morning we also had time to see a female sperm whale.

During the afternoon again we had fun pods of Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins and we had a quick look at 3 beaked whales (in a group). On the way back the people on the catamaran also saw a small hammerhead shark.

Photos from the morning:

Atlantic spotted dolphin leaping out of a wave

Common dolphin

One of our boats - Song of Whales

Approaching Vila Franca Islet for our coastal ride back to base

Observing Vila Franca Islet

Photos from the afternoon:

Bottlenose dolphins

Beaked whale - a rare glimpse

One of our zodiac boats

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphins - spotted adult and spotless juvenile

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphin to the west of the island

Spotted dolphin racing our catamaran

Spotted dolphin flying like a bird

Sperm Whale dorsal fin on a very choppy sea

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