Saturday, June 27, 2015

Our resident friends

In the morning we started with a sperm whale family and we got lots of fluke as they seemed hungry and going on feeding dives. Luckily for us, we get plenty of photos for our research to identify them. Later on we encountered common dolphins busy mating and playing around and next to them was a small group of juvenile bottlenose dolphins, maybe seeing what the smaller common dolphin were up to. But the groups didn't really mix but stayed just 50 m or less away from each other. Very interesting to see. In the afternoon the sperm whales had moved further east but after a bit of patience we encounter our well-known sperm whale called "Orca" with a juvenile. "Orca" soon gave us a fluke and the young one stayed but surprise - another fluke! On the way to the whales we stopped for Risso's dolphins and on the way back we stopped for common dolphins and a loggerhead turtle.

Photos from the morning:

Fluking sperm whale

Two whales diving

Curious bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

Common dolphin

Common dolphin

Watching bottlenose dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:

The sperm whale we call "Orca"

"Orca" fluking

Juvenile fluking

Watching a sperm whale

Risso's dolphin

Photo of breaching Risso's dolphin (photo taken from inside the skippers cabin)

Risso's dolphin diving

Common dolphin

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