Friday, June 2, 2017

June starts with blue whales

Today we had our first tours of June and we started off in one of the best ways we can think of - with blue whales! These biggest animals of the world pass through the Azores on their migration during the spring months and we are happy that they are still here for us to enjoy. In the morning we had two whales around and in the afternoon we encountered one again, perhaps one from the morning, which analysis of our photos will reveal later. We could see that they have been feeding on krill recently, from the orange colour of the poo left behind on the surface in the morning. We also had common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins present throughout the day, two of our resident dolphin species that always put smiles on our faces. Especially the bottlenose dolphins in the afternoon, as they were socialising. We got to see many jumps from them, as well as spyhopping and belly showing.

Photos from the morning:

Blue whale blow

Blue whale

Blue whale leaving an orange poo patch at the surface

One of our boats out this morning

Common dolphin

Common dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:

Blue whale surfacing

Blue whale diving

Common dolphin

One of our zodiac boats with bottlenose dolphins

A curious young bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins socialising

Bottlenose dolphin leaping

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