Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sperm whales, beaked whales, fin whales and dolphins

Sperm whales are in our waters again! This time it's a different group to those we saw yesterday. They were to the east, spread out in a large area where there were also some fin whales. During the morning our boats moved between the whales, each one having their own unique encounters. We also had a rare and lucky encounter with some beaked whales, which as always were difficult to get good identification photos of, but were probably Sowerby's beaked whales according to their very elongated beaks. In the calm and clear waters we had today we also enjoyed encounters with common dolphins as they bowrided our boats, and on the way back some clients also got to see some bottlenose dolphins. In the afternoon we saw common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins (our friend Max again) and striped dolphins further out while we were searching for whales. While we were with the striped dolphins one of our biologists, Ida, saw the tall blows of fin whales. We had an amazing time with two calm and curious fin whales. And on the way back we came across a group of 10 sperm whales. We also encountered a tunicate (see photos). 


Photos from the morning:

Sperm whale blow

Sperm whale head

Sperm whale diving

Fin whale

Fin whale surfacing

Fin whale

Common dolphin


Beaked whale. Difficult to ID, but probably a Sowerby's beaked whale





Photos from the afternoon:

Common dolphin

Tunicate 

Tunicate 

Watching the tunicate 

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin "Max"

Bottlenose dolphin "Max"

Bottlenose dolphin 

Bottlenose dolphin 

Bottlenose dolphins

Fin whale

Watching a fin whale

Fin whale

Watching the 2 fin whales

Fin whale

One sperm whale

The second sperm whale diving


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