Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fin whales, pilot whales and lots of dolphins

In the morning we had an extraordinary tour with 10-15 very curious fin whales around our zodiac. We, and another boat, were completely surrounded by the whales. We didn't know if we should look at the whale to the left of us, the ones behind approaching nicely or the ones under us. Even though we have whales closer to us once in a while, this was a unique moment because today there were so many that it was like being in the middle of a dolphin pod. We also encountered a species of dolphin called the pilot whale. They are still around, for the 6th day now. For sure, this was a moment none of us aboard will never forget! We also had a swimming with dolphins tour out there swimming with common dolphins.

In the afternoon we started with a loggerhead turtle. A bit later we encountered a large group of bottlenose dolphins, maybe around 80 dolphins, and later on the lovely pilot whales again. While we were looking for the pilot whales when they were diving two fin whales decided to make a visit. They were curious too, like the ones in the morning, swimming close to our zodiac and looking at them. We saw more blows further away and went there to see if it was another whale species or the same. It turned out to be a mother and a juvenile fin whale, giving us a total of 4 different fin whales in the afternoon.

Photos from the morning:

Fin whale underwater

Close up of the blowholes of the fin whale

Fin whale

Three out of 10 fin whales

Dorsal fin of the fin whale

A fin whale up-side-up and the fluke is sticking out of the water

Pilot whale

Photos from the afternoon:

Bottlenose dolphin

Watching bottlenose dolphins

Pilot whales

Pilot whale

Juvenile and adult fin whale

The juvenile fin whale

Fin whale head surfacing

Heading back to base (finally with some blue sky)

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