Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blue whales, fin whales and dolphins

Today we had the largest animals in the world around us. We started both the morning tour and afternoon tour with bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins before heading towards the big ones. In the morning we saw fin whales but it was a bit difficult as they only came to the surface to take one or two breaths and stayed under for more then 20 minutes at a time. But travelling back towards Ponta Delgada one of our biologists spotted blows in front of the boat and we ended up with a sweet but short encounter with three fin whales. In the afternoon we headed the other way - west to see blue whales that our lookout had spotted. We had to go far but it was well worth it as we had two adult blue whales. Wonderfully curious and swimming very close to our catamaran Cetus, we had no problem in understanding how they got their name as we clearly could see the blue colour through the water. A magical moment. Our lookout also spotted striped dolphins but we never had time to see them. So all in all, five species in the area today.

Photos from the morning:


One of the 3 fin whales we encountered on our way home in the morning

Curious bottlenose dolphins



Swimming with bottlenose dolphins

The sun came out just in time for our common dolphin encounter


Photos from the afternoon:

Blue whale

Blue whale blow!

The very broad head of a blue whale

Following the blue "shadow" of a blue whale as it travels just beneath the surface

Common dolphins surfacing sideways to do some people watching



The west end of São Miguel Island

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