Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Enjoying the company of the baleen whales and dolphins

One more day, we have all enjoyed the company of baleen whales and dolphins not far from Ponta Delgada. This morning our first encounter was with a small group of common dolphins right outside the marina, but they were not interested on us so we decided to leave them and try to see some of the whales the vigia had already spotted. Not too far we saw a fin whale surfacing. We had some good sightings of the animal, even though it was hard to follow and difficult to predict where it would surface again. We heard on the radio that our catamaran Cetus was in an area with a huge fin whale, which we confirmed when we saw the high blow. We could also watch another fin whale swimming in the area, but smaller than the other two. In total we have seen three different fin whales! Our next encounter was with a big pod of common dolphins, which was much more quiet than the first group seen at the beginning of the trip. Right after, we tried to see another species of dolphin so we drove towards the shore where we could enjoy the company of a group of bottlenose dolphins, with many babies swimming close to their mothers. 

In the afternoon we started with bottlenose dolphins just outside the marina, no more then a minute of travel from our base! Later we continued in rain and we encountered a nice group of common dolphins. After the rain cleared our vigia spotted a larger group of bottlenose dolphins that we accompanied for a while. We recognised some familiar dolphin friends; Submarine and Egípcio. Our vigia then spotted whales, and as we were heading towards the area we found two fin whales (and a loggerhead turtle). Another typical Azorean day on the sea with animals everywhere, often surprising us.

Photos from the morning:

Fin whale blow

Fin whale 

Common dolphin

One of our boats close to Rocha da Relva with dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins very close to the entrance of Ponta Delgada marina

One of our zodiacs with a baby bottlenose dolphin

Fin whale head surfacing

Fin whale 

Baby loggerhead turtle

Heading home after another great day on the water

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