Saturday, June 14, 2014

Three cetacean species in a row

We started our morning trip heading straight to the south, since our lookout had spotted a baleen whale in that direction. But on the way to the whale those of us on the zodiac found a group of common dolphins, which were together with Cory's shearwaters, probably hunting on fish. The dolphins were really calm and quiet and they looked very interested in us. When we continued our trip to the south, we suddenly spotted a group of Risso's dolphins. As usual with this species they were a little bit shy, but we managed to see them well. When finally we made it to the whale, we could identify it as a fin whale. It was  swimming  in random directions and sometimes approaching close to our boats.

From the catamaran the tour was the same, except for the order of animals encountered. We started with the Risso's dolphins, surfing fast in the waves, and after them the fin whale. At one point the fin whale surfaced very close to us, making a nice surprise for us. We encountered the Risso's again after the whale on our search for the common dolphins. Right at the end of our tour we had a playful encounter with the beautiful common dolphins as well. 

Video of the Risso's dolphins encountered in the morning

Photos from today:

Fin whale head surfacing

Fin whale

Fin whale

Watching the fin whale from our catamaran

Risso's dolphins

Risso's dolphins

Risso's dolphins

Common dolphin leaping high

Common dolphins

Common dolphins

Aboard Cetus

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