Saturday, July 12, 2014

Whales, whales, whales

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

Sperm whale ID comparison - the top photo is Pm81 in our catalogue (taken June 18th 2010) and the bottom photo is the photo taken this afternoon of the same whale

Lets play!

Atlantic spotted dolphin juvenile (without spots)

Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins from our catamaran

Juvenile Atlantic spotted dolphin

Hello from a curious bottlenose dolphi

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