Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Whales outside the marina

Today we started with common dolphins just outside the marina, but we also had a young fin whale close by. Further out, one of our biologist also spotted other whales, a sei whale or a minke whale, but we stayed with the fin whale. Like yesterday, the whale was a bit curious and stayed around the boats. We later went further out to see a big group of bottlenose dolphins. The ocean were like a mirror and we enjoyed the ride, lots of loggerhead turtles and the beautiful coastline.

In the afternoon we had to go a bit further out but in the end we were rewarded with encounters with whales and dolphins again. Again we started with common dolphins, then the same group of bottlenose dolphins from the morning. After our dolphin encounters we searched further out despite our coastal lookouts not having spotted any whales, To our luck our captain Mario spotted the blows of two whales, which turned out to be fin whales. We had a short but sweet encounter and managed to see the bigger one of the two well as it curved it back high to go on a dive.


Photos from the morning:

 A close encounter with the fin whale from aboard our boat "Song of Whales"


Fin whale

Fin whale

Our zodiac boat approaching the fin whale

Watching common dolphins

Common dolphin

Common dolphins

Watching common dolphins


"Song of Whales"

One of our zodiac boats
  
Loggerhead turtle, one of many today (as one of our boats counted 12 turtles)

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin



Our zodiac boat with the bottlenose dolphins


Enjoying the coastal views during the return trip to the marina


Photos from the afternoon:

Common dolphin

Common dolphins

A curious bottlenose dolphin

Watching bottlenose dolphins


A trio of bottlenose dolphins

The bigger fin whale of the two - a lucky sighting because our captain found this whale despite the weather turning grey and misty over the island

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