Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ending the weekend with a fin whale

Today was another day of baleen whales. During the day our lookout spotted the blows of these great whales south of São Miguel Island. The whales were spending a lot of time diving, probably to feed, so it was not easy to encounter them from our boat, but we were lucky to encounter one in the morning. It was a fin whale, the second largest animal in the world, and with a bit of patience we got to see the whale at the surface several times. We tried for a whale again in the afternoon, but this time without luck. However, the afternoon was better than the morning in terms of dolphins. We spent some amazing moments with a group of about 40 playful common dolphins, watching them at eye level from our zodiac boat. 

Photos from today:

One of the surfacings of the fin whale we encountered in the morning

Playful common dolphins

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