Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Going the extra mile

This morning we went further than usual in search of whales. Our lookout on land did a great job of spotting some sperm whales offshore and to the east of São Miguel Island, so our whale watching boats set out to try to see them. Sometimes we only need to travel a few minutes offshore to see whales and other times are like this morning with the whales further out. We tried our best to get to the whales, but unfortunately this time they were just too far and they were moving further out while we were headed towards them. In the end the dolphins made it worth our time out on the ocean. We encountered some groups of common dolphins, including a particularly curious group on our way back to base. It was a group of about 40 dolphins that included a lot of babies. It was a lot of fun seeing the babies playfully leaping out of the water. From one of our zodiac boats they also encountered some Risso's dolphins and from aboard the catamaran our captain spotted a leatherback turtle when we were just turning back from the area where we were searching for whales. This rare turtle encounter sure did make it worth going the extra mile.

In the afternoon we tried the other side, more to the west, and we found plenty of sperm whales. But also common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

Photos of common dolphins from today:

Common dolphin baby

Baby jumping next to mum

Common dolphin and a Cory's shearwater

Common dolphin bowriding

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