Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Celebrating "World Oceans Day" with whales and dolphins in the Azores

Today it's World Oceans Day and we are celebrating this day dedicated to our blue planet in one of the best ways: out on the ocean encountering wild whales and dolphins in their natural environment. The sky and and ocean are bright blue today so we have great conditions to spot them. We spent the morning with the 3rd and 4th largest animal species in the world, the sei whale and sperm whale respectively. There were two sei whales travelling together, always maintaining a constant speed, probably to reach their summer feeding grounds around Greenland. The sperm whale was a bit further offshore, out in deep water where they prefer to feed in the depths on squid. The sperm whale allowed us to enjoy the magic moment that they are famous for: lifting the magnificent tail high out of the water. Our swimming with dolphins clients also had some great moment this morning, swimming with a group of our resident bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins were particularly curious this time, repeatedly passing right in front of the faces of the people in the water. To make our World Oceans Day tour even more complete we also encountered other types of marine life. In the morning we spotted many Portuguese man-o-war and loggerhead turtles and from one of our boats an ocean sunfish was also seen. We also spotted our most sighted seabirds species, the Cory's shearwater, yellow-legged gulls and common terns, as well as a more rare bird, the Bulwer's petrel. In the afternoon we encountered the same two sei whales, and this time they were more curious and almost bowriding our boat "Song of Whales". We alsos saw bottlenose dolphins (the wonderful group of Bubblemaker), loggerhead turtles, portuguese man-o-war and Bulwer's petrels


Photos from the morning tour:

Watching one of the two sei whales surfacing

 Sei whale

Sei whale blow

Sperm whale breathing at the surface

Sperm whale diving

A tiny baby loggerhead turtle


Photos from the afternoon tour:



Sei whale

Sei whale

Sei whale

Sei whale

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Aboard "Song of Whales"

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