Monday, April 25, 2016

Another whale of a day

Our whale days are continuing all throughout April. So far this month we have encountered whales during 100% of our tours! This is the time of the year that we see the most species, including the large baleen whales that are migrating through the Azores. Today we encountered the second largest, the fin whale. In the morning we encountered 3 fin whales travelling together and in the afternoon 2 of them were still around. From a couple of our boats our clients had the lucky opportunity of being up close and personal with the whales as they became curious and approached the boats a few times. During these rare close-up encounters you get to really appreciate the size of these great whales. We also had some nice dolphin encounters today, with bottlenose dolphins in the morning (the famous group of Bubblemaker) and common dolphins as well as bottlenose dolphins in the afternoon. Some clients also spotted loggerhead turtles throughout the day and in the afternoon a few clients with a keen eye also spotted a shark.

Photos from the morning:

One of the fin whales approaching one of our boats, then passing close in front of it

Two of the fin whales together

Juvenile bottlenose dolphin leaping

Watching the bottlenose dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:

One of the fin whales swimming straight towards us

Another angle of the front of the whale

The same fin whale that approached one of our zodiac boats in the morning

Almost showing us the tail

Watching one of the fin whales

Portuguese man-o-war

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