Monday, September 2, 2013

Sperm whales, beaked whales and 4 dolphin species

Our first encounter this morning was with a large pod of bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins are naturally very curious animals and today was no exception, the pod approached our catarmaran to swim alongisde and bowride in the front. Our lookout then located three sperm whales; two females and one calf. A mother and calf were spotted together logging, whislt a sepatate female was found nearby. Today we were fortunate to see both the female whales raise their tails (also known as flukes) indicating that they were beginning to dive.
On our way back we watched two pods of common dolphins casually ride the waves created by our catarmaran.  One of our other boats also sighted Atlantic spotted dolphins and striped dolphins. In the afternoon our zodiac boats returned to sea and they had more encounters with sperm whales as well as beaked whales, common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins.

Bottlenose dolphin mother and calf

Female sperm whale logging

Another female sperm whale logging

Sperm whale diving showing the tail (fluking).
This individual is number 96 in our catalogue and has the nickname "Lobtail"

Common dolphin breaking the surface

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