Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sei whales and jumping dolphins

Today was like a wildlife show. The sei whale in the morning was travelling close to us, the bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins jumping and showing off right next to us allowing us getting some nice close up shots of them. The most shy today was the Risso's dolphins, but that is expected from Risso's dolphins. Unfortunally we did not see the sei whales again in the afternoon although we searched far and tried our best. We also sighted Bulwer's petrels and a Manx shearwater. In the afternoon we faced one of the dangers of the ocean for whales and dolphins, a long line (at least 100 m long from fishing gear) on the surface and we got it stock in our propeller. Luckily "in one way" is that we who got it and no whale entangled itself in this rope. Our brave marine biologist Albert entered the water and tried to cut it, but it was difficult, but enough for us to continue the tour without problem. Its difficult to imagine how hard it would be for a whale to get loose from that. 

Photos from today:

Common dolphin

Common dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Sei whale from the morning

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