Thursday, May 24, 2018

Today we encountered 5 different whale and dolphin species


Today was another successful day out on the ocean here in São Miguel. Throughout the day we encountered 5 different whale and dolphin species in a very calm ocean. In the morning we started with a small group of striped dolphins, that included some really tiny calves leaping out of the water. 




Striped dolphin


Striped dolphins


Common dolphin



Common dolphins


Common dolphins


Next we had fin whales that were going on long dives and hence unfortunately not so easy to watch, which happens sometimes when working with nature. The common dolphins at the end of the morning more than made up for it though, as they were very playful around our boats. 


In the afternoon our different boats had different sightings, but with all of us seeing both whales and dolphins. Some got to see two blue whales - a mother and calf pair as well as common dolphins, while others got to see two very calm and curious fin whales as well as Risso's dolphins and common dolphins. 



Blue whale


 Blue whale and calf


 Blue whale and calf


Common dolphin


Fin whale


Blue whale and calf 


Common dolphin


At the end of the day everyone saw whales and dolphins and we all felt lucky and pleased by our encounters, which is the most important thing.



Fin whale


Fin whale sighting



Fin whale


Fin Whale poop



Fin Whale

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