Thursday, September 17, 2015

The surprise of wild animals

Today first thing in the morning we were greeted by a familiar group of sperm whales along the eastern end of São Miguel Island. We were seeing many blows of whales spread out over a large area so there were plenty of whales for everyone. From aboard our catamaran we first encountered an adult and calf pair. When the adult dived we could identify her as "Bear paw", or number 46 in our catalogue. Later we encountered another adult with a distinct tail that we photographed to later be able to identify her. The morning was all about the whales whereas the afternoon tour was focused on dolphins. We encountered a large group of common dolphins that were very curious and keen to bowride. We spotted some baby dolphins and also some baby making behaviour. Our swimmers also encountered bottlenose dolphins in the morning so it was a nice day for all.

Photos from today:

Common dolphin

Mother and baby

Mating common dolphins

And then surface together

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