Friday, July 15, 2016

Sperm whales, beaked whales and lots of dolphins

Today in the morning we saw a lovely group of common dolphins, we got the news that our lookout had seen a larger animal jumped outside so we went for a search. One of our boats found beaked whales, and from our catamaran we did see a body and dorsal fin that looked like a beaked whale too. In the afternoon we encountered two sperm whales, our friends Left tip and Rainbow. It was a long tour but well worth it. We also saw common dolphins and we passed a few bottlenose dolphins.

Photos from today:

Common dolphins (morning photo)

Common dolphins (afternoon photo)

"Rainbow"

"Left Tip"


Sowerby's beaked whale surfacing







2 comments:

Anonymous said...

These photographed beaked whales actually seem quite like Blainville's beaked whales to me! Not 100% ruling out Sowerby's though.

Miranda van der Linde said...

Hi, thanks for visiting our blog. The colouration and arched jawline does make them look a bit like Blainville's beaked whales, however the Blainville's have an even more prominent arched lower jaw and they have a much shorter beak. The Sowerby's beaked whale has a very long beak, which we can see nicely in the photographs. Identifying beaked whales is very difficult. Thank you for your interest.

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