Wednesday, April 20, 2016

An amazing day with 7 whale and dolphin species!

Today's whale and dolphin watching tours in São Miguel were difficult to beat. We have an incredible list of whale and dolphin encounters - a total of 7 species throughout the day! In the morning we started with Risso's dolphins, followed by striped dolphins, a fin whale, a humpback whale and an incredible encounter with false killer whales to end the morning. In the afternoon we added two different dolphin species to our list - common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, and again we encountered the same humpback whale from the morning and some fin whales, including two incredibly curious ones travelling together that approached one of our boats. Everyone had slightly different experiences of this cetacean filled day, but all of them were great ones that will leave lasting memories. Our photos below tell just some of the stories from the day. Check back later here on on our Facebook page for some videos that our crew also made during the day.

Photos from the morning:



Humpback whale diving

The other perspective

Humpback whale (notice the bright blue colour from the white pectoral fin seen through the water)

Fin whale surfacing to breathe

One of our boats with the fin whale



Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphin face peaking out behind the dorsal fin of its mother

Striped dolphin leaping high




One of our boats with a false killer whale

Jumping false killer whale

Part of the group of false killer whales


False killer whale surfacing

One of our boats on a perfectly calm ocean


Photos from the afternoon:

Bottlenose dolphins (Bubblemaker's group)

Humpback whale head (note the bumps called tubbercles)

Humpback whale curving its back to dive

The tail of the humpback whale

A curious fin whale passing in front of our boat

Two fin whales side by side diving together



Bottlenose dolphins fromthe swimming


Bubblemaker


Loggerhead turtle


Just like the great start, we had a beautiful end to the day

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