Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Whalecome" back Sei whale and calves

In the morning we started with one of our favorite species, not one but two humpback whales at 300m from the coast. 

After we saw two blue whales feeding and showing their pectoral fins at the same time and out of the blue, a sei whale appears. The first sei whale of the year! Welcome back! 

Humpback whales

Humpback whale tail


Blue whale and a calf

Blue whale pectoral fin

Blue whale pectoral fin

Blue whale pectoral fin

We ended the morning with a well-known group of Rissos's dolphins.

In the afternoon was the trip of babies. We were able to see a blue whale and her baby and in an area close by a fin whale also with a baby. 

When we started our way back to Ponta Delgada there was also time for a very small group of juveniles bottlenose dolphins.

Risso's dolphin

In Pico Island the day was amazing with calm sea. We encountered the biggest animals around the world! A Blue whale along with three Fin whales. The Blue whale blow almost reached 10 meters high! Majestic moment to see and to record.

Blue whale and Fin whale

Blue whale blow almost reached 10 meters high

And for the first time in Pico Island this year, we saw two Sei whales. 

Sei whale in Pico Island Tour

In this tour we also encountered Risso's and Common dolphins 

Common dolphin

Risso's dolphin

What a lovely day in the Atlantic Ocean! 

We are in fact in the Balleen Whale Season in the Azores!

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