Sunday, May 17, 2015

2 new species for the month

Today we added two new species to our list for the month of May: striped dolphins and sei whales. The striped dolphins were encountered in the morning, together with a familiar group of bottlenose dolphins (the resident group that includes and individual we call Bubblemaker) and some common dolphins. The whale encounter was in the afternoon. Although baleen whales are sighted frequently in the Azores in the spring, this year we haven't seen many sei whales, so today's encounter was a nice surprise for the crew. The 3 or 4 whales were very close to Ponta Delgada and we all got to see them very well, as you can see from our photos below:

Photos from the morning:

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins close to Ponta Delgada

Watching the well known dolphin we call Bubblemaker

Watching striped dolphins from our catamaran

Our zodiac boat with striped dolphins

A huge concentration of striped dolphins

Our boat Song of Whales

Photos from the afternoon:

Watching the sei whales from our catamaran

Sei whale head surfacing

A very distinct sei whale dorsal fin

Sei whale close to Ponta Delgada airport

Common dolphin

Common dolphin leaping in the big blue

A family of whale watchers

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