Today we had our first blue whale visiting us in São Miguel! This beautiful and very big blue whale visited us in the afternoon, to the delight to everyone aboard our catamaran as well as the zodiac boats. We hope there will be many more blue whales to come this baleen whale season. In the morning we also had other baleen whales to see - in this case fin whales, which are just a bit smaller than blue whales. From our catamaran we got to see one rolling over on its side, lifting its pectoral fin out of the water, a very rare behaviour that we were lucky to see. From our other boats a group of pilot whales was also seen, an as for dolphins, today we encountered common dolphins in the morning and bottlenose dolphins in the afternoon. We had a last surprise at the end of the day with the encounter of a humpback whale. A very impressive species list indeed!
Photos from today:
Fin whale surfacing to breathe
Fin whale dorsal
Fin whale rolling on its side, lifting up its pectoral fin
Blue whale blow!
Blue whale curving its back to dive
Pilot whale surfacing
Juvenile bottlenose dolphin
One of our boats with the bottlenose dolphins
Bottlenose dolphins - two mother and juveniles pairs surfacing together