Tuesday, June 19, 2018

6 cetacean species and something unexpected: a whale carcass!


Today has been an amazing day at sea, in São Miguel Island! 
But beside these great sightings, today we found something unexpected on our afternoon trip: a whale carcass!! Probably it has died some time ago, as it was quite decomposed and smelling not very nicely. It had plenty of pilot fish underneath. It is wildlife!!! 
But not only whales and dolphins, as well a turtle, flying fish, Portuguese Man-of-War,  a storm petrel, a shark (maybe a blue shark), and of course, our dearest Cory’s shearwaters.



Whale carcass



Whale carcass



Whale carcass



Sei whale and dead whale far in the distance


Sei whale



Watching Fin whale


Watching Bottlenose dolphin jumping


Bottlenose dolphin bubbles 


Watching Bottlenose dolphin jumping


Watching Bottlenose dolphin jumping


In Pico Island, we had a full morning with a group of Sperm whales and five Sei whales with a calf very curious about our boat! We also encountered a pod of Common dolphins and another one of the Striped dolphins.



Sei whale


Sperm whale


Striped dolphins


Common dolphins

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