Friday, May 2, 2014

Orcas in São Miguel again

This morning we received a great surprise from our lookout - he spotted orcas south of São Miguel island! The orca, also known as killer whale, is a species we do not see often in the Azores and we can never predict when they will make an appearance. Last year we were incredibly lucky here in São Miguel Island to have a pod of orcas sticking around from January to the end of May. Today's encounter was the first since they. This morning we encountered a large male and female travelling together. They were doing long dives and always surfacing far from their dive location. Although there were several fin whales nearby they were not interested in hunting, they just seemed to be travelling. Perhaps we know these orcas from previous encounters, we have to analyse our photos to see if we recognise them. Besides our orca encounter this morning we also encountered several fin whales and a nice pod of bottlenose dolphins very close to Ponta Delgada marina where we depart from. On our way back we also spotted a large ocean sunfish (Mola mola) from our catamaran.

Photos from today:

Male orca surfacing at speed

Male orca

One of the fin whales from this morning

Bottlenose dolphin

Ocean sunfish (Mola mola)

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