Thursday, September 3, 2015

Three species of dolphins and an afternoon whale

Today in the morning we encountered three species of dolphins. We started with a small group of bottlenose dolphins but there were just too many boats around that we did not want to put more pressure on the dolphins by gettung close to them, so we continued to a group of beautiful common dolphins with their babies. We ended the tour with Atlantic spotted dolphins bowriding in crystal clear water. In the afternoon we re-encountered the common dolphins and later on a really big fin whale. There were more blows in the distance but we stayed with one whale. It's been great to see many fin whales throughout the summer since the end of the north-bound migration in the spring. The ones we are seeing now are probably on the return migration south.

Photos from today:

Common dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Seeing a fin whale blow

Fin whale surfacing

One of our biologists describing our sightings

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