Saturday, August 26, 2017

Whale and dolphin encounters

This morning our familiar Bryde's whale visitors (a mother and calf pair) were around again. They were in their usual location, outside of Ponta Delgada, and with their usual calm behaviour. We have been hoping to see the tail of the mother Bryde's whale, especially since the past two days she has been almost showing us, but still we gad no luck in seeing a tail. It felt like this morning she was really teasing us, curving her tail stock very high to almost raise the flukes out of the water. Nevertheless, we enjoyed a precious moment with the Bryde's whales, before continuing to see some dolphins. We encountered Atlantic spotted dolphins followed by common dolphins during the morning. As we often do with the dolphins, we got to see a lot of different types of behaviours, with a lot of jumps and wave surfing.

On our second tour in the afternoon we started with a nice group of bottlenose dolphins. They were very active and socialising, probably displaying courtship behaviour because we saw a lot of impressive high jumps. We also found a big feeding group of Atlantic spotted dolphins on this tour. Our vigias (onshore lookouts) had also been seeing sperm whales throughout the day, who were a bit elusive and hard to find from our boats...until the third tour. During our third tour in the late afternoon we got to enjoy our resident sperm whales, as well as the Bryde's whales again and also bottlenose dolphins and Atlanic spotted dolphins to complete this tour.

Photos from today:

Adult Bryde's whale - almost showing the tail

Bryde's whale adult and calf pair

Watching common dolphins

Playful bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

Juvenile Atlantic spotted dolphin leaping to our boat

Great shearwater - an end of summer visitor

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