Wednesday, August 16, 2017

More Bryde's whales

Today we enjoyed the company of more Bryde's whales, again on a beautiful summers day. In the morning they were directly offshore from Ponta Delgada. Two adults travelling slowly and spending long periods of time at the surface. They were very calm and curious around our boats, so that we got to see them really well. Near the Bryde's whales there were also some beaked whales, which some of us got to see before these elusive animals went on a deep dive and were not seen again. They were thought to be Sowerby's beaked whales, one of the 6 beaked whale species we can see in the Azores. The morning tour was completed by a big group of our playful Atlantic spotted dolphins. As usual, the group included a lot of small baby dolphins and they were a real delight to watch. The afternoon was just as great as the morning. This time we encountered the two Bryde's whales from yesterday - the mother calf pair. They were very calm and often curious, and just like yesterday the calf was coming high out of the water so we could often see its eye. As in the morning, dolphins (this time common dolphins) completed the afternoon tour so that everyone went home happy.

Photos from the morning:

Bryde's whale rolling on its side, showing its pectoral fin and tail tip

Watching one of the Bryde's whales

Bryde's whale dorsal

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphins (mother and calf)

Photos from the afternoon:

Baby Bryde's whale surfacing high next to its mother

Bryde's whale mother and calf (notice the dark eye of the calf)

Watching the Bryde's whales from aboard our catamaran "Cetus"

Watching common dolphins

A big group of common dolphins

A beautiful common dolphin

An encounter with a Cory's shearwater

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