Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fin whales everywhere and another humpback whale visits us

Today was another great day for seeing whales off São Miguel Island. Again we had fin whales around and during the afternoon we also encountered a humpback whale, a different and smaller individual than the one we have been seeing during the first days of the month. The morning tour was more focused on the fin whales as we had plenty of them around and at one point we encountered 4 or 5 of them together. We also had a third tour today in which we encountered 2 fin whales again, so today we had whales for all. We also got to show our guests dolphins throughout the day. For the first few tours it was common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, and for the third tour just the common dolphins. 

Photos from the morning:

Common dolphin

Fin whale blow

Fin whale

Bottlenose dolphins close to Ponta Delgada

Portuguese man-o-war, a dangerous beauty

Photos from the afternoon:

Common dolphins

One of our boats with the common dolphins

Humpback whale surfacing towards us

One of our boats with the humpback whale as it surfaced close between our two boats!

Humpback whale

The humpback whale teasing us, almost showing us its tail

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale head just beneath the surface

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