Sunday, May 21, 2017

The month of the fin whales

This morning we went out on the ocean and again encountered the second largest animal in the world - the fin whale! So far this month we have seen this species on every one of our tours, so a 100% success rate of seeing fin whales. It's a privelege to see so many of these impressive whales here at this time of the year, and we can see that they have been staying around and feeding recently, because we have seen them pooing, as we witnessed on this morning's tour. Now that it's warming up we are also seeing more dolphins on our tours, especially large feeding groups as we saw with common dolphins and Cory's shearwaters this morning. We encountered different groups of these resident common dolphins, always with some newborn babies among them. Now in the afternoon we can enjoy the sunshine on land and the Santo Cristo procession in Ponta Delgada (check out our video HERE).

Photos from this morning:

Common dolphin

Common dolphin newborn calf surfacing alongside its mother

An unusually dark-coloured common dolphin (lacking the usual yellow colour on its sides)

fin whale blow

Fin whale surfacing

Fin whale dorsal

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