Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter whale watching in the Azores

The Azores is one of the few places in the world where you can go whale and dolphin watching year-round. Even in the winter we have several species that we can see here, and just like other times of the year we never really know what to expect from a tour. The crew were expecting to see some fin whales that our lookout had spotted out on the horizon off the coast of Ponta Delgada. However on our way out there we came across a group of pilot whales and in the meantime the fin whales disappeared in the distant rain. The pilot whales were a nice surprise though, especially since we haven't seen them as often as usual this year. The pilot whales were diving, probably to feed, so after a while we left them and spent the second part of the morning with two of our resident dolphin species. We started with some bottlenose dolphins with the idea of going to the common dolphins after. However, the common dolphins came to us, so we had the lovely experience of seeing the two species interacting together. 

Pilot whales

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin (background) and common dolphin (foreground) together

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