Monday, July 30, 2018

4 beaked whales in Pico Island and in São Miguel we saw a lot of dolphins and sperm whales

In São Miguel, we started our tour with a nice view of the whole island up to the peaks. 

On the ocean we found on the catamarans the Common Dolphins first and later the Bottlenose Dolphins. 

From our zodiacs we observed Common Dolphins and Striped Dolphins during the morning. The afternoon we started with the same group of Bottlenose Dolphins with our familiar Alvin with a cut off dorsal fin. 

Photos by Mariana Silva

Two bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin jumping

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins

Photos by Laura González

Striped dolphins

Striped dolphins

Then we entered in the area of the sperm whales, where some went for shallow dives while others showed their majestical flukes. As they seemed all to be very big animals it looked like we were surrounded by males which are not as usual as the resident females. 

To round up our day we met the group of Alvin again and this time we spot also a new born among the bottlenose dolphins.

Male Sperm whale

Sperm whale

Sperm whale tail

In Pico Island, we started the day with a sighting of 4 beaked whales – Mesoplodon genus - unfortunately we could not identify the species. Then we encountered Risso's dolphins who were so curious about the boat. They seemed like they were smiling at us! 

Then we saw a group of spotted dolphins and when before we come back, we went to see a male sperm whale, but he was a little shy with our presence, so we went back to the port!

Photos by Rui Santos

Beaked whale - Mesoplodon genus

Spotted dolphins

Beautiful risso's dolphin

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