Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dolphins and fin whales

Today was a bit of a mixed day out on the ocean. We started the morning with a bit of rain and mist like yesterday, but still we had some lovely encounters with two of our resident dolphin species: the bottlenose dolphin and the common dolphin. The bottlenose dolphins were the usual ones that have been dominating the south coast of São Miguel island over the past months: the group that includes a well known dolphin that we call Bubblemaker because this one is almost always blowing a trail of bubbles before surfacing. 

In the afternoon we started again with the bottlenose dolphin group of Bubblemaker. We didn't stay with them for long because we received news from one of our lookouts that he had spotted some baleen whales a bit further out. The baleen whales turned out to be fin whales...3 of them travelling together! We had a nice encounter with 2 large adults and a smaller juvenile. After our whale encounter we still had more dolphins to see. From our catamaran we had a great and energetic encounter with a group of striped dolphins that was mixed with a few common dolphins. For our zodiac clients there was an extra encounter with a loggerhead turtle to add to our species list of the day. We also had a rare close-up encounter with a curious pomarine skua that was flying over our boats during our fin whale encounter. What a day!

Photos from the morning:

Enjoying the ride on our zodiac boat

Common dolphin

Watching bottlenose dolphins from our catamaran

Bottlenose dolphins

Our 2 zodiac boats out on the water

Photos from the afternoon:

One of the adult fin whales

The other adult fin whale
Watching the fin whales from our catamaran

The blowholes of one of the fin whales

One of our zodiac boats with the fin whales

2 of the fin whales at the surface together

Bottlenose dolphins

Striped dolphins

Striped dolphin

Striped dolphins

 Striped dolphins

Watching striped dolphins from our catamaran

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