Sunday, June 1, 2014

6 species: sperm whales, pilot whales, striped, common, bottlenose and Risso's dolphins

Why not start June with six species in one day, our four resident species: sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, common dolphin and bottlenose dolphin. First out was a large group of common dolphins mixed with striped dolphins and we had the two species bowriding our catamaran Cetus. After the dolphins we had two encounters with sperm whales showing their flukes, and a third sperm whale a little bit further away from us also showing its fluke. We continued our trip with pilot whales, a spread out group, but several individuals close to our boat giving us a great look at their graceful way of surfacing and logging. And we finished the morning with bottlenose dolphins.

In the afternoon we resighted the common dolphins, and pilot whales, and we had a surprise with Risso's dolphins. Two calm individuals surfacing nicely together, very close to us. And all in all we also had at least 8 loggerhead turtles throughout the day and a few flying fishes.

Photos from the morning:

Sperm whale diving

Watching a sperm whale from our catamaran

Another sperm whale fluke

Striped dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:

Common dolphin

Pilot whales

Risso's dolphin

Flying fish

Enjoying a comfortable ride back along our catamaran along the coastline

Vila Franca do Campo

Passing Vila Franca Islet

Vila Franca Islet

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