Saturday, May 30, 2015

Another day with 5 whale and dolphin species

The sunshine from yesterday might have been absent today, but the ocean was just as calm and full of whales and dolphins. Again we encountered 5 different species throughout the day. In the morning we encountered a group of 5 or 6 sei whales travelling together, very calm and often close to the surface so that we could easily track them. A bit further out we encountered a nice group of about 60 pilot whales that were in the same area as a small group of bottlenose dolphins. Close to shore we had a larger and more familiar group of bottlenose dolphins that includes a well-known individual with a broken top jaw. Some of our whale watcheres also had the chance to encounter some common dolphins in the morning. 

In the afternoon we had bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins for some again. This time we also encoutnered two different whale species. First we had a very curious sei whale that was travelling out to the western tip of São Miguel Island. Not long after we encountered 3 or 4 fin whales that were travelling just as calmly as the sei whale. We also spotted many loggerhead turtles in the calm water and also some Portuguese man-o-war out to the west of the island. 

Photos from the morning:

 Sei whale watching

Pilot whale closeup

A group of pilot whales

Pilot whale calf surfacing high next to its mother

The bottlenose dolphin with the broken jaw

Bottlenose dolphins

Photos from the afternoon: 

Sei whale

Sei whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

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