Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Surrounded by whales

Today we have many large whales south of São Miguel Island. In the morning we encountered at least 5-6 whales very close to Ponta Delgada where our tours depart from. We encountered 3 fin whales that were travelling together and came across at least two other fin whales and perhaps a couple of sei whales. Basically we were seeing large whale blows all around us and it was difficult to keep track of which whale was which and exactly how many of them there were out there. We also encountered some nice groups of common dolphins to complete the tour.

In the afternoon we resighted a small group of common dolphins close to Ponta Delgada. Further to the west we encountered a group about 25 bottlenose dolphins that we recognised from the past few weeks. Upon searching further offshore we also spotted the blow of a baleen whale, but the whale went under before we could see exactly which species it was and we never got to see it again. However, on our way back to shore we did spot a tiny little loggerhead turtle that was swimming together with a fish.

Fin whale head surfacing - notice the white jaw which is a distinguishing characteristic of this species

Fin whale

Fin whale

Common dolphin showing the distinct yellow colour on its sides

Jumping is fun!

 Common dolphins (adult and juvenile) and a cory´s shearwater flying over them

 Our skipper Mario talking with our clients this morning

 Botlenose dolphin in front of one of our boats

 Our biologist Albert making a video of a loggerhead turtle

Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) swimming with a strange fish under it

Bottlenose dolphin

Our skipper Veríssimo

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