Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Flukes and fins

Today we had five species in total, we started by passing by a group of common dolphins but we were heading towards sperm whales so we didn't stop, but some of us got to see some dolphins leaping and splashing. The pilot whales are still around so we managed to make a short stop to see them before we had to go for the whales that were on their way to surface. We got to see three sperm whales close, but more individuals were sighted further away. We got to see two familiar sperm whales, one called "Orca" and another called "Left tip". We first identified the sperm whale "Orca" in São Miguel in 2008 and the smaller whale "Left tip" in 2011. These two whales have been sighted together on at least 2 other occasions. After the majestic sperm whales fluking we went to see another squid-eater; the Risso's dolphins, a spread out group but a few individuals a little bit curious coming closer to our catamaran Cetus. As a grand final we went close to shore to see a very active group of bottlenose dolphins, with some males showing of their agility and strength making high jumps full body out of the water.

Photos from today:

Two sperm whales

One of the sperm whales - who we know as "Orca"

Pilot whales

Pilot whales

Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphin diving

Male bottlenose dolphin jump sequence

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins surfacing together

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

Our zodiac with bottlenose dolphins close to Caloura

Mother and calf - bottlenose dolphins

More playful bottlenose dolphin behaviour

Our biologist João explaining our encounters to a school group

Bottlenose dolphin jumping close to our catamaran

Our happy tourists after sighting 5 species

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