Saturday, June 7, 2014

Whales and dolphins in the big blue

Today we encountered three species: sperm whales, a fin whale and common dolphins. In the morning we started with our first sperm whales for the day. We had to wait a while for them to surface, but in the end we had a nice encounter with 3 adult sperm whales on the surface together. Closer to shore we found a group of common dolphins towards the end of the morning. In afternoon we returned to sea with our catamaran only. This time it was not our onshore lookouts that spotted the whales, rather it was our captain who spotted the first whale activity for the tour. While searching offshore he saw a whale breach (jump clear out of the water). When we arrived to the area we had to wait a while again, but again it was worth it. This time we encountered a single sperm whale that looked like a young male from the very large head it had. After our sperm whale encounter we went inshore to try to find some dolphins, but instead we came across a fin whale. It's nice to still have a migratory whale species here at this time of the year. All of our encounters today were in a choppy ocean with a bit of wind, but this made our it all the more exciting and made the ocean a beautiful brilliant blue colour. The waves were also great for sometimes seeing more of the animal through the water, especially the surfing dolphins in the morning and the tail of the whales as they were swimming through the waves.

Photos from the morning:

One of the three sperm whales of the morning tour

Three sperm whales at the surface together

Sperm whale fluke

Common dolphins surfing a wave

Our zodiac boat with common the common dolphins

Our two zodiacs

Photos from the afternoon:

Boarding our catamaran "Cetus"

Leaving Ponta Delgada

Sperm whale

Sperm whale stretching

Fin whale

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