Saturday, May 21, 2016

Blues and fins and jumping dolphins

Today was a day of activty. We had 3 tour and all the day we were with whales and dolphins. In the morning it started difficult. We had several fin whales out there but it took us a lot of time before we had a great encounter with them. But it sure was worth it, and we also encountered common dolphins. In the afternoon we upgraded to larger animals as our lookout spotted 3 blue whales. We could easily follow the blue colour through the water and predict their surfacings and get good photos. We also encountered bottlenose dolphins (together with the blue whales) and common dolphins (feeding and jumping). For the third tour we repeated this. Lots of feeding and jumping dolphins and the same 3 amazing blues. A long day, but a perfect day. 

Photos from the morning:

One of two fin whales

The second fin whale

Fin whale

Photos from the afternoon tour:

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Common dolphins feeding with Cory's shearwater

Common dolphin

Common dolphin

Watching a blue whale surfacing

Blue whale head

Blue whale and São Miguel

Photos from the third tour:

Blue whale - close encounter

Blue whale

Some mating going on 

High jumps!

Bottlenose dolphins giving us the perfect photo moment

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