Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A day with male sperm whales

Today we had male sperm whales around. Normally we see the females with their juveniles and their calves, but today we got to see some big bulls. Both in the morning and in the afternoon. They are impressive animals as they, at almost 15-16 meters in length, move so gracefully through the water. In the morning we had one of them stopping and turning towards us, starting to stick its head out of the water. It makes you feel a bit small. In the afternoon we managed to get to see tails as two of them went on a deep dive. We also encountered bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins, and our swimmers swam with lots and lots of dolphins. As they said "hundreds"!

Photos from today:

A male sperm whale head - one of the largest heads in the world

The two males logging

The two males logging

Bottlenose dolphin

A Cory's shearwater taking of

Photos from the catamaran in the afternoon:

Bottlenose dolphin - a scared individual

Spot the baby bottlenose!

Playful bottlenose dolphin

The bottlenose dolphins were just outside of Ponta Delgada marina today!

Watching a sperm whale from our catamaran top deck

Two male sperm whales

The best part of all - the fluke!

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