Sunday, April 23, 2017

False killer whales, blue whales and fin whales

Today was another fantastic day out on the ocean. We started our morning tour with the good news that our lookout had found two blue whales not far out of Ponta Delgada. When we arrived we didn't have to wait long to see them and they were both big individuals that showed themselves well. After seeing the blue whales on a few different surfacings we were suddenly surprised to be joined by a group of false killer whales. They seemed to appear from nowhere to join our boats and they were very active. We could see several of these false killer whales jumping high out of the water, reminding us that these incredible animals actually belong to the dolphin family. In the afternoon the baleen whales didn't let us down again. We encountered one, or possibly two blue whales again and we also had a few different fin whales that we encountered from our different boats. The whole day was an exciting and adrenaline filled experience, from the blue whales to the false killer whales, to two loggerhead turtles that we spotted together at the surface from aboard our catamaran.

Photos from today:

False killer whales:

False killer whales  were very active jumping a lot

Blue whale:

The big blow of the blue whale can be seen from very far away

Dorsal of the blue whale is very usefull for photo ID

Fin whale:

One of our zodiac boats in the afternoon

One of the loggerhead turtles from today

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