Sunday, December 3, 2017

Common dolphins and a sei whale in the waves

This morning we had our first tour for the month of December. The swell was still high, but it was a nice sunny day, and most importantly we had cetaceans to see. We started the tour with a group of common dolphins. It was quite a large group of about 30 to 50 individuals and they were very active. The swell was like a playground for them, so the dolphins were surfing and leaping out of the waves. We could also see some feeding behaviour, with the seabirds taking advantage to dive down and grab some of the fish that the dolphins were corralling. Next we set off to try to find a whale in an area where our lookouts had seen a few blows. We were lucky, we didn't have to wait too long before we spotted a blow not far from our boat. We could follow the footprints left behind by the whale's tail at the surface, and several times we saw the blow again. It wasn't easy to see (nor photograph) much more than these blows, as the whale wasn't showing much of itself and was coming up for just one breath each time. Nevertheless we could see that it was a sei whale, the third largest animal in the world! It wasn't a bad way at all to start our December sightings.

Photos from today:

It was a wonderful sunny day

Common dolphins were very active on the surface

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