Thursday, July 24, 2014

A fun afternoon with sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins

Today we had a fun afternoon, riding the waves in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, in search of whales and dolphins. We had to cancel in the morning due to rain and bad visibility (this means we cannot find the animals because we spot them by sight). However, the afternoon was much better and we quickly found a group of bottlenose dolphins followed by sperm whales further to the East of São Miguel Island. The bottlenose dolphins were travelling in a group of about 50 individuals, including some calves. Our two swimming boats were with them and they were able to enjoy this nice group of dolphins from a different point of view - under water. The sperm whales were going on frequent shallow dives so they were not easy to approach and watch for long at the surface. With this kind or behaviour we had to be more patient than usual and had to also keep more distance. Respecting the animals and giving them the space they need is is very important. Luckily we all got to see the whales at the surface and at one time we watched 3 adults on the surface together. Some people who were a bit more observant also spotted a couple of loggerhead turtles at the surface.

Photos from today:

Bottlenose dolphin leaping

Peek a boo!

Sperm whale breathing

3 sperm whales at the surface together

An adventurous ride

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