Sunday, May 6, 2018

New record for Blue whales in São Miguel

We have a new record for blue whales - we have seen them every day off São Miguel Island for the last 15 days in a row! We have never had such a great season for blue whales, making us feel very lucky. This morning we encountered two blue whales traveling together, often surfacing in unison. It was a beautiful moment, especially since the ocean was completely flat and calm. We also encountered fin whales today - two very curious individuals that approached us in the morning and four just as curious individuals in the afternoon. With the ocean being so calm and blue like this it's difficult to believe it is not summer yet, but we are constantly reminded by the abundance of blue whales and fin whales that we are still in the spring migration period. We also enjoyed the company of a huge group of bottlenose dolphins throughout the day. They put a good show on for us by approaching our boats to check us out and often leaping out of the water so we could really see their impressive size. It was another impressive day of whale and dolphin watching off São Miguel Island.



Two Blue whales


Bottlenose dolphin and Cory's Shearwaters


Bottlenose dolphin


Bottlenose dolphin


Cory's Shearwater


Bottlenose dolphin from our catamaran


Fin whale blow



Fin whale dorsal


Fin whale surfacing


Two Blue whales


Two Blue whales

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