Saturday, October 18, 2014

Familiar whales welcome us

Today we went out on the sea after several days of bad weather and guess who was out there to welcome us back? A very familiar sperm whale group. We spent both the morning and the afternoon with them and we identified two of them right away; one is called "Orca" and the other one "Bear paw". We have seen them for many years now. In the morning we encountered at least six sperm whales and several curious juveniles and calves, both in the morning and afternoon we had whales coming close to us to check us out, swimming around our catamaran Cetus. They wanted to see us too. This group of whales always feel so friendly and calm around us, as they seem to know us as well. In the morning we also encountered bottlenose dolphins, and in the afternoon Risso's dolphins and common dolphins. All our resident species were out there to welcome us back. I sure is a great feeling for us biologists and skippers, but the best part is to share it with lots of happy guests.

Photos from the morning:

Sperm whales diving during the morning tour - the tail belongs to a whale we call "Bear paw"

Two sperm whales

Three sperm whale together

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins playing in the waves

Photos from the afternoon:

One of the sperm whales from the afternoon. This one had a calf and they curiously passed close alongside our catamaran to give us a great look!

Juvenile sperm whale following an adult female

A glimpse of a Risso's dolphin

Song of Whales mastering the waves

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