Friday, August 12, 2016

Sperm whales have returned

We started the day close to Ponta Delgada, where our lookout had spotted some sperm whales. Nearby there were also some Atlantic spotted dolphins, so we enjoyed their company while we waited for the sperm whales to return from a dive. We didn't have to wait long as the whales came up one by one, spread out across a large area. We went between the whales, trying to see different individuals as they were coming up only for brief periods and slipping under to go on shallow dives. We counted 4 different sperm whales during this morning tour. In the afternoon the whales were still out there, again spread out and coming up at different times, and this time after a bit of waiting we got to see two tails from these sperm whales. It's nice to have the whales back, after not seeing them for a few days. In the afternoon we also encountered a very social group of common dolphins close to shore, so today it was whales and dolphins for all!

Photos from the morning:

Sperm whale at the surface

Another sperm whale

Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:

Sperm whale preparing to dive

The tail!

A sperm whale travelling fast

Juvenile common dolphin surfacing next to an adult

A playful common dolphin

Enjoying the show

Common dolphins

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