Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fin whales, sei whales, sperm whales and dolphins

This morning we had a busy time on the ocean. We never stopped to see the common dolphins as we had sei whales a bit further out, two whales very calm in a mirror sea travelling together with us (plus a loggerhead turtle). After the sei whales we moved towards east to encounter a sperm whale family. Around our boat we had at least 7 sperm whales but we could see more blows further away. We didn't get any flukes, only parts of flukes as the whales were  rolling around and being social with each other. Then we went inshore to see three fin whales just by the coastline. They were just hanging around, very calm and swimming close to us. A magical moment and we could hear their loud blows. What about the dolphins? We had to go further offshore to see a lovely group of Risso's dolphins

Sei whale making a rainbow blow 

Sei whale surfacing

Two sperm whales

Three sperm whales logging

Fin whale

Fin whale just outside of Ponta Delgada

Risso's dolphin leaping

Risso's dolphin

Loggerhead turtle

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