Monday, July 23, 2018

A rare encounter in Pico Island and a special encounter with "Egipcian" dolphin in São Miguel

Today in Pico Island we had a rare encounter. 
We saw a Kogia species. It was not possible to distinguish which of the two species of the Kogia we saw, but the pygmy sperm whale or Dwarf sperm whale are extremely rare to be seen.

Photos by Rui Santos 


Kogia 



Then we continue our tour and we also saw three different groups of spotted dolphins, two groups of pilot whales, one of them with a calf, and we also encountered some Sowerby’s beaked whales, and before we come back we also saw a group of Risso's dolphins.




Pilot whales


Atlantic spotted dolphin


Sowerby’s beaked whales


Risso's dolphin


In São Miguel Island, it was a beautiful summer day with dolphins! 

Three different species: common dolphins, Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. This last species... with our well known "Egipcian"! We know this dolphin for some years now... and it is sighted with its group regularly around the island :) 

It is possible to recognize the individuals because of the shape of the dorsal fin; it works like a fingerprint for us! We call them “Egipcian” because their dorsal fin that seems like an Egyptian pyramid.

Nice to see them again!

Photos by Laura González



Atlantic spotted dolphin 



Bottlenose dolphin




Bottlenose dolphin



Common dolphins



Photos by Carine Zimmermann




Atlantic Spotted Dolphin adult from the afternoon tour 




Atlantic Spotted Dolphins; mother and calf from the afternoon tour

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