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
Photos from the afternoon:
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