Today in the morning we started the trip with a group of Atlantic spotted dolphin. The group was very interested on our boats and our clients could enjoy their company while taking pictures of them. After a while our lookout made us go to the western part of the island, as he had seen two blows from two whales. It was a long way to get there, but we could manage to see them, despite it not being easy because of the waves and their behaviour. At least we could identify the baleen whales as fin whales. It is good to still have some of these baleen whales around. We also had three swimming with dolphins boats and these clients could swim several times with Atlantic spotted dolphins and with common dolphins.
In the afternoon we returned to sea for swimming with dolphins as well as whale watching from one of our zodiac boats and our catamaran. The swimmers had a wonderful time swimming with our resident bottlenose dolphins while the whale watchers started with an encounter with the same bottlenose dolphins and then went further offshore in search of whales. After some patience we had an encounter with an adult female sperm whale. We arrived to the whale in time to see it for a while on the surface, then we saw the best part of all - the majestic tail of the sperm whale as it went down on a deep dive. From our tail photograph we could identify the whale as number 81 in our catalogue, an individual that we also encountered 2 days ago on our full day tour. This whale was first photographed here in São Miguel on June 18th 2010 and since then today and yesterday were the only times we have re-sighted her.
Photos from the morning:
Atlantic spotted dolphins
Our rubber boat Cafre
Photos from the afternoon:
Watching a sperm whale at the surface
Sperm whale diving
Atlantic spotted dolphin juvenile (without spots)
Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins from our catamaran
Juvenile Atlantic spotted dolphin
Hello from a curious bottlenose dolphi