Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another fantastic summer's day on the ocean

Today was another perfect summer's day with a clear blue sky and an ocean to match. Again we had a variety of species to watch during the day, starting with a fin whale first thing in the morning. The fin whale was going on feeding dives so we had to be patient to get some glimpses of this whale during the short periods of time it was coming up to the surface to breathe. Next our small boat went for bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and sperm whales while our catamaran went to another area and had a great encounter with beaked whales. They were Sowerby's beaked whales and we got to see them really well considering the shy and elusive nature they normally have. In the afternoon there were no whales around, but we did get to see two groups of bottlenose dolphins and three Risso's dolphins very well. We also passed close to Vila Franca Islet so we could enjoy some of the beautiful coastal views on this nice sunny day.

Photos from the morning:

Fin whale - the closest photo we managed to get

Sequence of photos of Sowerby's beaked whales - notice the typical way they surface with their beaks high out of the water

Photos from the afternoon:

Bottlenose dolphin

Risso's dolphin

Visiting Vila Franca Islet 

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