Saturday, May 17, 2014

Pilot whales, sperm whales and dolphins

Today we had a surprise visit from a group of pilot whales off the south coast of São Miguel island. We encountered the group of about 15 individuals during our tour in the afternoon. It was the first time this year that we encountered this species. Pilot whales are seen most frequently in the Azores during the spring and summer months. The group that we encountered included some younger individuals, one of which was a very small calf that was always surfacing high out of the water next to its mother. We also encountered our resident sperm whales in both the morning and afternoon, and as usual dolphins also brightened up our tours in both the morning and afternoon. In the morning we encountered common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, while in the morning we encountered just the common dolphins.

Photos from today:

Our catamaran Cetus with a pilot whale

A large male pilot whale

Female and calf :)

Perfect ID photo of the dorsal fin used later for identification of this individual

Our zodiac with pilot whales

A large male sperm whale encountered in the afternoon

Common dolphins

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