After some time on land it was great to return to the ocean today and have a "whale day". Out in the deep water south of São Miguel island we encountered a group of sperm whales, the resident whale species in the Azores. There were several whales around, in total we encountered 5 from our catamaran and spotted another blow as we were leaving the last 2. At one time we had 3 whales at the surface together. Later from the catamaran we encountered a fantastic group of about 80-100 Atlantic spotted dolphins, while from our small boat they saw common dolphins and Risso's dolphins.
Photos from this morning:
3 sperm whales at the surface together
Our small boat with the sperm whales
Preparing to dive
Atlantic spotted dolphins wave surfing together
Atlantic spotted dolphin - a juvenile following an adult
A curious common tern