Friday, August 26, 2016

A calm summer day with whales and dolphins

Today was a hot sunny day with a very calm ocean, perhaps the best day we have had so far this year. It was great for being out on the ocean, watching the whales and dolphins of the Azores. During our tours we encountered our resident whale species, the sperm whale, as well as two resident dolphin species: common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins (the famous group of Bubblemaker that we have been seeing here since at least 2006). In the morning we encountered first one big sperm whale that kept going under and popping up, but eventually after waiting a second and then a third whale surfaced, so we ended up with the three together at the surface with our catamaran. In the afternoon when we arrived to the whale area two adults came up together at the same time but in different places, so our zodiac went to one and our catamaran the other, which turned out to be Sussi, a whale we know since 2012 and have been seeing a lot during the past week. Sussi gave us a beautiful tail, as she usually does. During the past week we have been seeing Sussi with a calf and again today after she fluked we spotted the calf a few hundred metres away. We left the calf in peace, returning to shore to finish this beautiful day with the dolphins close to shore.

Photos from the morning:

Sperm whale blow

3 sperm whales together at the surface

The closest thing we saw to a whale tail in the morning

Bottlenose dolphin

Watching the bottlenose dolphins from aboard our catamaran

Watching the bottlenose dolphins from aboard "Song of Whales"

Photos from the afternoon:

The sperm whale we call "Sussi"

Sussi going on a deep dive

The calf we always see with Sussi

Watching common dolphins from aboard our zodiac boat

Watching the common dolphins from aboard our catamaran 

Watching bottlenose dolphins

A playful bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins with our catamaran

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