It's been another fantastic summer's day out on the ocean in São Miguel, Azores. Out in the big blue today we encountered 5 different cetacean species. In the morning we had a fin whale, bottlenose dolphins (Bubblemaker's group) and common dolphins,and in the afternoon we encountered the same and also added sperm whales and striped dolphins onto our list. For the most part of the day the sun was shinning and the animals were great to watch, it doesn't get much better than this. In the morning the clients aboard our zodiac boat were also lucky to encounter the world's biggest manta species, the giant oceanic manta ray. To see an underwater video of this manta ray filmed by one of our marine biologists click HERE.
Photos from the morning:
A curious bottlenose dolphin we know well from the mark on the tip of its bottom jaw
A familiar bottlenose dolphin we call Bubblemaker
Bottlenose dolphin watching
Watching the fin whale
Releasing pigeons for a training project
The pigeons navigating their way home
Enjoying the ride aboard our catamaran "Cetus"
Photos from the afternoon:
Watching the bottlenose dolphins
One of the bottlenose dolphins looking back at us
An adrenaline-filled encounter with striped dolphins
Approaching sperm whales at the surface
Sperm whale adult and juvenile pair