Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fin whales are still around São Miguel

This morning we went out and encountered one of our well known groups of bottlenose dolphins, it was bubblemaker's group again, he is named after his habit to blow bubbles shortly before surfacing. We know him and his group for quit some time know and they are always very playful towards our boats. Shortly after we left the bottlenose dolphins we had the company of first 2 and a little later 3 fin whales, so amazing to see the second largest animal on earth up close.

In the afternoon we saw the same group of bottlenose dolphins as in the morning. Than we found a very playful pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins with 3 calves that were investigating our boat. We finished the day with the company of a group of common dolphins. It is always nice to see different types of dolphins and when they are in a playful mood it's even better.

Photos from the morning:

Bottlenose dolphins

Some familiar bottlenose dorsal fins - Bubblemaker's group

Fin whale blowholes

Fin whale

Photos from the afternoon:

Bottlenose dolphin

Swimming with Atlantic spotted dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphins - juveniles with very few spots

An adult Atlantic spotted dolphin - you can see how this species gets it's name

Common dolphins wave surfing

Common dolphin calf surfacing next to its mother

Watching common dolphins

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