Saturday, July 5, 2014

More familiar groups of sperm whales

Today we encountered two more familiar groups of sperm whales, both of them different groups to the one encountered yesterday. Our first fluke photograph in the morning was instantly recognisable as an individual we refer to as "Bear Paw". We also instantly recognised a sperm whale we call "Orca". This small adult female does not need to show its tail to be recognisable as she has a very distinct saddle patch in front of her dorsal fin. In afternoon we encountered a different group of sperm whales that we also recognise. One of them we know very well from the strange dorsal fin which is almost completely missing. We call this whale "Kima". In the morning we also encountered common dolphins, while in the afternoon it was both common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins.

Fotos da manhã:
Photos from today:

Golfinhos comuns
Common dolphins

Cachalotes à superfície
Sperm whale logging at the surface

Cachalote conhecido "Bear paw"
A familiar sperm whale called "Bear paw"

2 cachalotes, o que está à esquerda é a "Orca"
2 sperm whales, the one on the left is referred to as "Orca"

Cachalotes da tarde:
Sperm whales from the afternoon:

3 cacchalotes à superfície - o mais próximo é a "Kima"
3 sperm whales at the surface - the closest one is "Kima"

Cachalote a mergulhar
Sperm whale diving

Cachalote que chamamos "Kima"
A sperm whale we call "Kima"

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