Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A fun day with dolphins and whales

Today was windy, but great nevertheless for dolphin and whale watching off São Miguel Island. In the morning we started with our resident whale species: the sperm whale. There was a group out there, spread out and coming up for short periods to breathe at the choppy surface. From our catamaran we had a great look at 4 adults that were travelling together, surfacing high with their heads out of the water to breathe. After, from our catamaran we encountered a group of common dolphins, while those from one of our smaller boats also saw bottlenose dolphins. In the afternoon we started with the bottlenose dolphins close to the marina. It was the familiar group we refer to as "Bubblemaker's group", named after a dolphin we call "Bubblemaker" because of its bubble-blowing behaviour before surfacing. Other familiar individuals we spotted in the group were "Bubblefaker", "Lady" and "Riscas". Further out we encountered a big group of Atlantic spotted dolphins, very active and all leaping together. It was the perfect end to the day, seeing the whole group leaping, babies and all.


Photos from the morning:

Sperm whale surfacing high to breathe


Watching the sperm whales

3 sperm whales surfacing together

Common dolphin

Common dolphins

Common tern


Photos from the afternoon:

Bottlenose dolphins

Watching the bottlenose dolphins

A bottlenose dolphin we call "Lady"

Bottlenose dolphin diving

Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins leaping

Adult Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphins - mother and calf

Juvenile Atlantic spotted dolphin leaping

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