Sunday, July 10, 2016

A sea full of life

We've been having some misty days with high humidity, but that doesn't dampen our spirits and it certainly hasn't been stopping whales and dolphins from visiting us in São Miguel. Today we encountered a lot of different species. In the morning we had a sei whale off the coast of Ponta Delgada, and also common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins nearby. After spending some time with these 3 species we went a bit further out where our lookout had spotted sperm whales, however they didn't show up for us this time. In the afternoon we started with common dolphins and soon after received the exciting news that our lookout had spotted a whale very close to Ponta Delgada, just outside of the marina where we depart from. How could we have missed it on our way out!? It was a fin whale, the second largest animal in the world. The first and last time we encountered it at the surface between dives we got to see it close, especially the first time when it surfaced right near one of our rubber boats! The rest of the afternoon was spent in the company of more common dolphins, plenty of seabirds and finally in the same area we spotted a loggerhead turtle and a sicklefin devil ray. What a beautiful summer's day full of marine life right outside our base here in São Miguel!

Photos from the morning:

The sei whale in the morning mist

Sei whale

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

Loggerhead turtle 

Watching common dolphins from our catamaran

Photos from the afternoon:

Playful common dolphins

Our swimming boat with common dolphins

A close encounter with a fin whale that surfaced near our rubber boat

Our rubber boat with the fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Watching the sicklefin devil ray

Watching the sicklefin devil ray

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