Today the weather was surprisingly sunny and, allowing us to really enjoy even our sightings of common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales!
Montanha do Fogo (Fogo mountain) seen by sea. As usual, covered with clouds!!
Here you can see how well defined is the pale yellow pattern on the side is
We stayed with the group of bottlenose dolphins for a while and then our lookout told us he had seen some bigger bottlenose dolphins a few miles further.
Saying bye bye to the bottlenose dolphins!!
Pilot whales are grouped into two different species; short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas). Both species can be seen in the Azores, although the short-finned is more common to see here. Despite the name, pilot whales are actually dolphins. They can reach up to 7 m in length and weigh up to 4 tonnes. One of their most remarkable characteristics is the wide dorsal fin that varies in shape depending on how old the whale is and whether it's male or female.
Notice the wide dorsal fin!
Pilot whales are very social animals that live in pods of up to 60 individuals and are known for having a well defined social structure. Pilot whales are also frequently seen together with other species such as bottlenose dolphins and Risso's dolphins.
Pilot whale - notice how the head is round and it has no beak like some other species of big dolphins (the killer whale is one of them).