Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Whales to the west

Today we enjoyed two tours out on the water aboard our catamaran. We spent the morning in the company of two of our resident dolphin species. First a small group of common dolphins and later a larger group of bottlenose dolphins. As usual the dolphins put smiles on all our faces as they played in the waves around our boat. The bottlenose dolphins were especially curious today and it didn't take the biologists aboard long to realise it was the familiar group of "Bubblemaker". 

The afternoon was all about the whales. We went out to the far west to see them and it was well worth the ride. We ended up encountering at least 10 sperm whales together. There was one large male surrounded by several females and young whales also. To make this encounter even better, we also had a group of bottlenose dolphins around, interacting with this magnificent group of sperm whales. Finally, this afternoon marked our first sighting of a group of Cory's shearwaters who have arrived to the Azores for another summer breeding season.

Photos from the morning:

Watching bottlenose dolphins

Common dolphin

Common dolphin

Photos from the afternoon:

 Some members of the sperm whale group

 Tails everywhere

The big male

Jumping bottlenose dolphin

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