Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sperm whales and Risso's dolphins

This morning the sea was calm, so we set out to the east of the island to an area where our coastal lookout had seen some whales. But first, on the way we had a group of dolphins to see. There was a large group of at least 30 Risso's dolphins spread out over a large area. They were calm and playful, making them great to watch. We saw a few darker juveniles together with the whiter adults, and they were not shy to come near our boats. Next it was time for the whales that were further east. It was a group of at least 10 to 15 sperm whales, just like with the Risso's dolphins there were several juveniles among the adults. Today was not a day for tails from these whales, but we enjoyed seeing them at the surface together as they appeared to be having some social time. On our way back to Ponta Delgada we had one final surprise; a small group of common dolphins that came to check us out. 

Photos from today:

Adult and juvenile Risso's dolphins

The sperm whale group together

Two sperm whales surfacing high to breathe (notice each one has an open blowhole)

The sperm whales

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