Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fin whales stayed around and lots of dolphins

It's been another fantastic day out on the ocean, starting with common dolphins and a beautiful group of Risso's dolphins in the morning and ending the afternoon with a fin whale. We usually see fin whales for a few months during the spring, but this year we never really stopped seeing them. We don't know if they are late migrating to the north, early migrating to the south or simply staying to enjoy an Azorean summer with us. We also enjoyed the company of curious common dolphins in the afternoon. Just like yesterday, we encountered a total of 6 different species when we put together all sightings from our different boats throughout the day: the fin whale, common dolphins, Risso's dolphins, striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins.

Photos from today:

An adult Risso's dolphin

A juvenile Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphin going on a dive

A Risso's dolphin spyhopping

A worrying sight - A Risso's dolphin with plastic on its tail

Common dolphin mother and baby

Common dolphin

Fin whale from the afternoon tour

Fin whale from the afternoon tour

Fin whale from the afternoon tour

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