Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Blow in the distance

Fin whales continue to surprise us on our tours. This morning we encountered 2 fin whales, making it our fourth day this week seeing this species. Fin whales are sighted very often in the Azores during the Spring months, but not so much during other times of the year. However, this year they have been surprising us throughout the Summer, and now again in the Autumn. This is the time of the year that they are migrating south for the winter, the time of reproduction. It's still a bit of a mystery exactly where the fin whales (and blue whales) of the north Atlantic go to give birth.  This morning we also encountered common dolphins on our way out to the whales. It was a group of about 150 dolphins spread across a large area. It was nice to always be in the company of them as smaller subgroups from this bigger group kept approaching our boat to accompany us. And the swimmers had a great time with the dolphins as well.

Photos from today:

Common dolphin fun!

Common dolphin and a Cory's shearwater (we had a few great shearwaters flying around as well)

Our swimming boat

One of the two fin whales

We could often follow the blue shadow of the fin whale

The other fin whale

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