Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sperm whales in the West

This afternoon we had sperm whales visiting São Miguel to the West of the island. After an absence of a few days it was nice to have them back and it was well worth the 1 hour journey to see them (it was great spotting from our vigia that found them from his post on land during the end of the morning). Between our boats we saw at least 11 different whales that were grouping at the surface so that we were able to see sometimes up to 8 whales together. We spotted several small whales too among the adult females. Although in the morning we didn't see the whales we did actually see more species. In the morning we encountered common dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and a lone bottlenose dolphin, whereas in the afternoon we only encountered common dolphins to add to our sperm whale encounter.

Photos from this morning:

One of our zodiac boats with Atlantic spotted dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphins - it's easy to see how they get their name

Common dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin - a lone individual

Despite the grey start to the day by the end of the tour we had a clear blue sky over São Miguel

 Top deck of our catamaran "Cetus"

Photos from this afternoon:

Sperm whales grouping up

6 sperm whales together!

One of our vigias (lookouts) on top of the clifftop - today our lookout spotted sperm whales very far away in an area of water about 2000 m deep!

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