Sunday, May 24, 2015

A day with whales and dolphins

Today we enjoyed some nice tours of whale and dolphin watching and swimming with the wild dolphins of the Azores. In the morning our whale watchers encountered 2 sei whales travelling calmly together, followed by a small group of bottlenose dolphins closer in shore. In the afternoon our whale watchers encountered 2 fin whales. Their behaviour was a bit odd, they were barely showing themselves when they came up to the surface, most of the time even the blow was difficult to spot. However on one surfacing they came up with a lot more energy and we got the see the tip of the tail of one of the whales as it rolled on its side. After our whale encounter we came across a large feeding group of at least 100 common dolphins, together with many Cory's shearwaters and common terns. After this energetic encounter we paid a quick visit to a familiar resident group of bottlenose dolphins closer to shore. Our swimming clients today enjoyed some nice underwater encounters with bottlenose dolphins in both the morning and afternoon, so it was a great day for all!

Photos from the morning:

This dolphin was always surfacing with its head high out of the water

Photos from the afternoon:

Fin whale tail tip

Common dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins close to the coastline

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