Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sei whales and a lot of dolphins

This morning we had another great whale and dolphin watching tour with sightings of 4 different cetacean species. We started with a surprise encounter with a couple of shy Risso's dolphins. We came across these resident dolphins by chance while we were travelling, not long after leaving the marina. These dolphins weren't so interested in us, so we continued our journey to an area where our lookout had seen some large whale blows. We didn't have to wait long to see two big sei whales - the third largest animal species in the world! They were travelling and surfacing frequently so that we could follow their footprints and see them well. Next we had Atlantic spotted dolphins to see. It was a very large and active group with a lot of small babies. It's nice to still have them in such large groups at this time of the year. Just when we thought we had seen it all we still had a really big group of bottlenose dolphins to see. There were many spread out over a large area and they seemed to be feeding. It was a nice way to end our tour before heading back to the marina with smiles on our faces.

Photos from today:

Sei whale surfacing

Sei whale dorsal

Sei whale

The face of a young Atlantic spotted dolphin

Two adult Atlantic spotted dolphins

A very active Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphin - mother and calf

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin ID photo - we can recognise each individual by their unique dorsal fin marks

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