Today we had a visit from the most well-known whale here in São Miguel island; a male sperm whale who we call "Mr Liable". We have been seeing this whale here well over 10 years and we have registered over 120 encounters with him. In the morning we encountered him twice when he was at the surface between deep feeding dives. He was very close to Ponta Delgada, and also nearby an area of a group of bottlenose dolphins, giving us an excellent tour as we went between the two different species during the morning tour. Our swimming with dolphins tour was also a big success, as the swimmers had some nice underwater encounters with a group of bottlenose dolphins that includes an individual we call "Submarino" who has its dorsal fin missing. In the afternoon we returned to see the trusty Mr Liable. Again he did not dissapoint, as he stayed up for a long time and then showed us his beautiful tail, almost as if it was in slow motion. Another resident group of bottlenose dolphins also showed up in the afternoon. This time it was the famous group of "Bubblemaker", a group that just like Mr Liable has been sighted off São Miguel island for more than 10 years. It's been another fantastic day out on the ocean in the company of our familiar friends.
Photos from the morning:
Mr Liable outside of Ponta Delgada
Mr Liable diving
Mr Liable again - another great tail!
Photos from the afternoon: