This summer we have been really lucky to have ongoing sightings of fin whales, one of the baleen whale species that we usually see here in the Azores in the spring and not often other times of the year. It has also been a really good summer for sperm whale sightings, and today was no exception. The fin whale was encountered in the morning while two large sperm whales were seen during the afternoon tour, so we were able to show whales to all our clients today. As usual there were also plenty of dolphins to go around for all. In the morning we encountered common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins (our swimmers also added bottlenose dolphins to our sightings list today). In the afternoon we encountered two different groups of common dolphins, the most amazing encounter being a big group that came racing over to us when we were in the sperm whale area. We also had a nice encounter with a loggerhead turtle in the sperm whale area just to add to the already nice encounters we were having in that area.
Photos from the morning:
Atlantic spotted dolphin juvenile
Photos from the afternoon:
Common dolphins and our zodiac