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