Sunday, June 19, 2016

A summer's day with 5 whale and dolphin species

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:

Common dolphins

Common dolphin

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

Fin whale

Fin whale

Watching the fin whale

Releasing pigeons for a training project

The pigeons navigating their way home

Enjoying the ride aboard our catamaran "Cetus"

Aboard 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

Striped dolphins

Approaching sperm whales at the surface

Sperm whale adult and juvenile pair

Sperm whales

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