Sunday, July 23, 2017

Finally beaked whales!!

Today in São Miguel we were leaving the rain behind on land with a nice rainbow in sight and went out to see several dolphin species both morning and afternoon. Like common dolphins feeding with Cory's shearwater in the morning or being social and mating in the afternoon. Atlantic spotted dolphins travelling in the morning and being curious towards the small boats in the afternoon. The bottlenose dolphins were presenting a spectacular show in the morning and in the afternoon they were surfing and mating. In the afternoon the zodiacs were lucky to see the rare sighting of beaked whales. The sighting was so good that it was possible to identify the species as Blainville's beaked whale. Also a loggerhead turtle was giving everybody the chance to have a good look at it.

Photos from today:

Blainville's beaked whale with scars on its body

Beak of the beaked whale

Bottlenose dolphin putting on a show in liberty

Bottlenose dolphin leaping high

Atlantic spotted dolphin with calf

Adult Atlantic spotted dolphin
Common dolphin

Cory's shearwater with needle fish this morning 
Common dolphin with Cory's shearwaters

Two of our boats looking for the beaked whales

Loggerhead turtle at the surface

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