Sunday, July 5, 2015

A mix of species

On today's whale and dolphin watching tours we encountered a mix of different species. We still have fin whales migrating past, a nice late surprise for us. In the morning we enjoyed the company of two of these fin whales (and we saw blows of more in the distance) and in the afternoon one made a short appearance and then dissapeared. Nevertheless, during the afternoon we had the added bonus of encountering a false killer whale among a group of bottlenose dolphins. We could really see the size difference, as the false killer whale can grow to 6 metres in length and the bottlenose dolphin up to 4 metres. We also encountered small groups of common dolphins during the day and we got to see some mating behaviour, a great sign that they are making the next generation of baby dolphins for the next year.

Photos from the morning:

Fin whale surfacing

Fin whale

Watching the fin whale from the top deck of our catamaran

Common dolphin

Common dolphins

Watching the common dolphins from the bow of our catamaran

Photos from the afternoon:

False killer whale

False killer whale

False killer whale

Bottlenose dolphins

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