Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A fin whale surprise and a total of 6 species

Today we started out with dolphins, different species in different areas. We had Atlantic spotted dolphins and then a big group of bottlenose dolphins spread over a large area. From one of our boats a group of Risso's dolphins were also seen, as well as some common dolphins. The dolphins were just as nice in the afternoon, especially the Atlantic spotted dolphins who were very playful around our boats. However, the highlight of the day was on our way back when the captain of our catamaran suddenly spotted the blow of a type of baleen whale. It was a fin whale, a great surprise for this time of the year. It's always fantastic to see the second largest animal in the world. From our zodiac boat some Blainville's beaked whales were also glimpsed at the surface, giving us a grand total of 6 species during the day!

Photos from the morning:

Risso's dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphins (mums and babies)

Dolphin watching aboard our catamaran

An Atlantic spotted dolphin with a cut dorsal fin

Atlantic spotted dolphins love to leap!

Photos from the afternoon:

Fin whale surfacing

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphin

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