Sunday, August 20, 2017

Summer on the ocean

Today was a really hot summer's day, making it perfect to be out on the sea enjoying the ocean breeze and ofcourse the whales and dolphins. The calm and blue conditions were really nice for seeing the animals as well as the views of São Miguel island. In the morning we started with our familiar Bryde's whale mother and calf pair that have been around for almost a week now. As the other days that we have been seeing them, they were travelling very calmly near the surface and occasionally coming up for a breath (in the case of the baby whale it was always coming with its head high out of the water, giving us a great look). we also enjoyed the company of common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, who were both feeding when we encountered them in the morning. Both dolphin groups were accompanied by Cory's shearwaters and we could see the ball of fish they were feeding on through the crystal clear water. From one of our boats a small group of beaked whales was also seen briefly at the surface. In the afternoon we re-encountered the same Bryde's whales, this time a bit more to the west. Again they were calm and great to watch, so we spent some time enjoying them, before leaving them to continue to the dolphins. We had a big group of bottlenose dolphins very close to the area of the Bryde's whales, and we got to see a range of behaviours and have a very memorable encounter with them before returning to Ponta Delgada.

Photos from today:

Bryde's whales off the coast of Ponta Delgada

Bryde's whales off the coast of Ponta Delgada

Bryde's whale mother and calf pair

Watching common dolphins

Jumping bottlenose dolphins

Bryde's whales in the afternoon, more to the west

Bottlenose dolphins

Cory's shearwater

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