Monday, May 12, 2014

Rain and wind and whales

Today in the morning we started the trip with a group of common dolphins spread out across a large area close to Ponta Delgada. After a while, our lookout spotted a very big group of Cory´sshearwaters that were feeding with another group of common dolphins.  Suddenly, the clouds covered the south coast of the island so  the visibility was reduced. As we always try our best, we changed our direction to the south, to the last location where our lookout had seen whales before the clouds had moved in. We were trying for a long time, thinking that it was almost impossible to see them, but suddenly the clouds disappeared  and we could see to the whales: once more, finwhales! We had a very curious group of three whales, swimming very close to our boat, blowing all at the same time showing their blowholes very well. They were doing short dives and after a while one more whale came into the group. A little farther away there was another whale, so we had a total of 5 fin whales in the area. To finish our morning tour, we had an amazing encounter with a group of bottlenose dolphins. They were really curious and bowriding in front of the boat.

In the afternoon we didn't see the whales, we tried for a while in the rain but we didn't see them. We set off to the north west and we encountered a very large group of bottlenose dolphins jumping high out of the water - several meters - bowriding and playing around. We saw some males really showing of their strength and agility and some playful juveniles mimicking them. A great show for us! 

Photos from the morning:

Fin whale blowing

Fin whale surfacing

Fin whale almost fluking

Bottlenose dolphin surfacing

Common dolphins together with Cory's shearwater

Cory's shearwater everywhere

Our skipper removing rubbish from the ocean

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