Saturday, May 31, 2014

São Miguel is surrounded by marine life

Today we had a wonderful morning enjoying the company of our marine life. Aboard our zodiac boat we started the trip with a group of about 20 bottlenose dolphins, swimming in an area full of filter feeding animals such as jellyfish, comb jellyfishes and salps. The group was full of babies so we did not stay long with them, as they looked very protective. Then we went further out where we found 2 fin whales. Both individuals were extremely calm, surfacing close to our boats, allowing us to observe their magnificence. At this point our catamaran joined us so that we could all enjoy the company of these large majestic creatures. After this encounter our catamaran found yet another fin whale just a bit further out. We also encountered some nice groups of common dolphins

During our trip we found other species of animals present in our waters. Throughout the morning from all our boats we saw loggerhead turtles, and on our way back to Ponta Delgada we spotted a shark dorsal fin from our zodiac. We stopped the boat trying to identify the species and we concluded that it probably was a big blue shark swimming close to the surface. From our catamaran we encountered a white marlin on the way back. These waters are definitely full of life!

Photos from today:

Fin whale

Two fin whales

Common dolphin

Watching common dolphins from the bow of our catamaran

Bottlenose dolphins

Watching bottlenose dolphins from our catamaran

Our swimming boat this morning

Our swimming boat with bottlenose dolphins

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