Thursday, November 16, 2017

A shy fin whale and playful dolphins

Today the sun is shinning strong here in São Miguel and we enjoyed the morning of this perfect day out on the ocean on our catamaran. It didn't take long before we came across our first dolphins of the tour - a small but curious group of common dolphins that were playing around the front of our boat. After enjoying their company for a while we continued further to watch a larger group of bottlenose dolphins. There were many of them, very spread out so that everywhere we looked we could see their splashes. Not long after arriving our captain spotted a larger spash, which turned out to be a whale! It was an exciting moment as we didn't know this whale was in the area of the dolphins. It was a young fin whale that we could see up for a few breaths, then it went down and left a trail of footprints at the surface. We waited and waited for the whale to return to the surface but it disappeared as quickly as it had appeared. Nevertheless we enjoyed groups of bottlenose dolphins spread out for a bit longer before heading back to land at the end of the morning. 


Photos from today:

A beautiful morning out on our catamaran

Common dolphin

Common dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Fin whale back

Fin whale dorsal fin

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