Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First whale watch tour of 2017

Today was day 1 of whale watching in the Azores, off São Miguel Island where we operate tours year-round. The morning started with rain, but we were all prepared with our wet weather gear so we set out aboard our catamaran to enjoy a morning out on the ocean. We had three of our resident species out there; common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and a male sperm whale. We started with a group of common dolphins, followed by two different groups of bottlenose dolphins not far from Ponta Delgada. Next we followed directions from our lookout to an area a bit further where he had seen a male sperm whale go on a deep dive. After a bit of waiting the crew spotted the whale's distinct angled blow. We saw the blow two more times, but unfortunately we didn't see anything else after that, despite waiting for him to resurface. We do know that the whale was big, so it was a male, perhaps the famous "Mr Liable" who we saw during 19 different tours in 2016! We had a great start to 2017 and look forward to getting out there again for more dolphin and whale sightings.


Photos of the dolphins this morning:

Common dolphin

Common dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

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