Sunday, May 4, 2014

False killer whales, fin whales and dolphin encounters continue

Our great dolphin and whale encounters are continuing here in São Miguel, Azores. This morning we resighted the false killer whales from yesterday. We had a great encounter from aboard our catamaran. The false killer whales were travelling at speed and sometimes leaping clear of the water, together with their calves. We enjoyed watching them bowriding right in from of our boat for a while. Our two boats went in different directions in the morning and both ended up encountering several different fin whales (bringing us to a record of 24 days straight with fin whales!) We also came across a group of common dolphins outside of Ponta Delgada.

In the afternoon we encountered another fin whale close to the marina. After some nice sightings of this large whale we tried to go for the false killer whales again, but they were moving too fast away from the island. Nevertheless, we encountered a couple of nice groups of common dolphins and ended the tour with a loggerhead turtle.

Photos from the morning:

False killer whale leaping

False killer whales

False killer whale

Fin whale just outside of Ponta Delgada marina

Our zodiac boat with common dolphins bowriding

Fin whale - the client on the zodiac this morning know how surprising this was!

 Fin whale

Common dolphins bowriding our catamaran Cetus

Photos from the afternoon:

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale blow

Common dolphin

Cetus

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