Monday, July 21, 2014

Curious sperm whales

Today we encountered sperm whales yet again. They are after all the resident whale species of the Azores, so we are lucky to see them on most days we go whale watching, especially during the summer months. We encountered a group of several individuals that we recognise, in both the morning and afternoon. In the morning we also encountered a familiar group of bottlenose dolphins (we can recognise individuals from the natural marks they have on their dorsal fins, tail or body). Some whale watchers in the morning were also lucky to encounter striped dolphins, Risso's dolphins and common dolphins, making up a total of 5 different species in the morning. In the afternoon we encountered the sperm whales again, very far to the east of São Miguel Island. We ended up watching an adult and calf pair of which the adult dived, leaving the calf on the surface. The calf quickly became curious and began spyhopping (sticking its head out of the water) near one of our zodiac boats and catamaran. We left the calf on the surface and encountered a larger whale that was fairly active at the surface an rolling around in the water. We also encountered the bottlenose dolphins again in the afternoon, as well as a nice group of common dolphins.


Photos from the morning:


Sperm whales everywhere!

Watching bottlenose dolphins from our catamaran

Playful bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin



Bottlenose dolphins doing courtship jumps



Vila Franca Islet (where we spend the afternoon during our Full Day Tour)

Watching Vila Franca Islet

Photos from the afternoon:


Sperm whale with its mouth open

Sperm whale spyhopping near our zodiac boat

A beautiful adult female sperm whale

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