Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A family of sperm whales, Sei whale and dolphins!

Today the sea was plenty of life! In total, we saw 6 different species of cetaceans… what a huge biodiversity! In the morning we started with a group of common dolphins, the swimmers could enjoy to see them under the water. After the dolphins we had a beautiful encounter with a family of sperm whales, there was a newborn in the family, the baby sperm whales when they are born are already 4 meters in length but they look really small from the boat as we just see about 1/3 of the body length. In the same area than the sperm whales we enjoyed the company of the Atlantic spotted dolphins, they were really friendly with our boats bow riding! On the way back to Ponta Delgada we saw a resident species: the Risso’s dolphin, once again we could see some babies in the group (note the darker coloration that they have).
The afternoon tour was good too with the sighting of 4 different species. The common dolphins and the Atlantic spotted dolphins were around again but we could add two more for the list: bottlenose dolphins and a Sei whale. The group of bottlenose dolphins was small, with some young individuals. The Sei whale was travelling quite fast but we enjoyed blowing several times at the surface, is the third largest animal in the world and a migratory species that we usually see in spring time so we were really happy to see it! 

Photos from today:

Family of sperm whales

Risso's dolphin

Sei whale

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