Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Encounters with sperm whales and dolphins

Today we encountered sperm whales, common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins (the latter species only during the afternoon tour). In the afternoon on our third tour whale watchers did not see the sperm whales, but they did have some bonus encounters with striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and even a hammerhead shark! We also had some great swimming encounters today, with some of our swimmers in the morning having the luck of seeing a feeding group of common dolphins (together with Cory's shearwaters) that had shoaled a school of mackerel just beneath the surface which the swimmers could observe underwater. As a last bonus, loggerhead turtles were also spotted throughout the day!

Photos of the swimming this morning:

Sperm whale diving

Sperm whale female and baby

A loggerhead turtle just under the surface

Photos from the afternoon:

Sperm whale at the surface

Sperm whale diving, the same whale was seen in the morning

One of our boats with another sperm whale diving

Song of Whales in action

Our swimmers ready to swim with wild dolphins

Common dolphin, look at this calf sticking its head out of the water

Aboard our boat "Song of Whales"

Passing Vila Franca Islet

Another beautiful day in São Miguel, Azores

Photos from our later tour:

Striped dolphins "running"

A bottlenose dolphin in twilight

Aboard one of our two zodiacs this evening

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