Friday, September 4, 2015

Elusive whales

Today we were reminded of the patience that is often involved in whale watching. We had whales around in the morning and afternoon, but during both tours they proved to be difficult to actually watch. In the morning our lookout spotted a male sperm whale and our catamaran arrived to the area just as the whale lifted its tail to go on a deep dive. We saw it from far away as we were just arriving to the area, so we decided to try to see it again the next time he would come up to the surface. We stayed nearby and looked and waited, and after exactly 45 minutes, which is the average dive time of a sperm whale, our biologist spotted a blow and off we went to investigate. We saw it two more times and realised it was a baleen whale, probably a fin whale. This whale was only coming up for one breath per surfacing and was very unpredictable, so all we ended up seeing was a few blows and a part of the body at the surface. In the afternoon we returned to sea and went out to try to see the sperm whale again. Our lookout had spotted him to the west and he led us to the area. We tried our best to try to find this whale but unfortunately it wasn't possible this time. Nevertheless, during both tour we did have some lovely encounters with the whales' younger cousins, the dolphins. In the morning we encountered both common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins and in the afternoon a couple of groups of common dolphins. We never really know what to expect with nature. 

Photos from today:

Bottlenose dolphins

Watching bottlenose dolphins from our catamaran

Common dolphins wave surfing

A playful common dolphin

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