Sunday, April 30, 2017

April ends with blue whale tails!

We ended the moth of April in one of the best ways possibly - seeing blue whales! But not only that, throughout the day they were lifting their tails out of the water, a behaviour we don't see often from the blue whales in the Azores. These massive tails can reach about 6 metres across, making us feel really small, even on our bigger catamaran. Today's encounters brough our statistics to 14 blue whale tours in the last 16 days! Bue whales weren't the only big whale species we saw today though. Throughout the day we also encountered the second largest animal in the world (fin whale) as well as the third largest (sei whale). We also enjoyed the company of common dolphins in both the morning and afternoon tours, and in the afternoon from one of our boats a group of striped dolphins was also seen.

Photos from the morning:

Blue whale tail!

Blue whale blow

Another blue whale

Again, the tail of one of the blue whales

One of the blue whales rolling on its side, showing its pectoral fin and throat pleats

2 blue whales together

Sei whale

Common dolphin

Common dolphin

Photos from the afternoon:

Fin whale

Fin whale

Seeing a blue whale blow from our catamaran

Blue whale

Blue whale tail

Blue whale tail

Blue whale arching its back to dive

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wish I could have stayed one more week. Lars-Göran Olsén

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