Saturday, August 13, 2016

Our friendly sperm whales and dolphins

Today was a beautiful sunny day in São Miguel and we had some great summer sightings out on the water. During the day we had one of our familiar resident groups of sperm whales a few miles out of Ponta Delgada where we depart from. In the morning from our catamaran we encountered an adult we know since 2012 and she was together with a newborn calf. In the afternoon we encountered two different individuals from the family same group. We also had some great encounters with some of our resident dolphin species throughout the day. In both the morning and afternoon we encountered common dolphins that were very calm and curious, and in the afternoon we ended the tour nicely with a small group of bottlenose dolphins. What a beautiful day!

Photos from the morning:

Sperm whale adult (left) with a newborn calf (right)

The adult going on a dive

The baby sperm whale

Watching common dolphins

Common dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:

A sperm whale we call Peregrine, with a distinct white patch on its back

Peregrine going on a dive

Sperm whale with Ponta Delgada in the background

Another sperm whale tail

Jumping common dolphin

Watching the playful common dolphins from aboard our catamaran

Bottlenose dolphins

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