Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Toothed cetaceans day

Today we saw seven species of toothed cetaceans, the Odontoceti ones. 

While we were waiting for the sperm whales, a group of bottlenose dolphins appeared and started to be curious about our boat. Then the sperm whales showed up the tail and we had to move to see them. After we went to see a nice group of Atlantic spotted dolphins but in the way, we saw a group of beaked whales, animals really rare to see. 

Sperm whale tail

Sperm whale tail

Baby atlantic spotted dolphin

On the way back to Ponta Delgada we could see a false killer whale with some common dolphins in the same area!!! The false killer whales are really good predators but looks like that they were more interested with a boat that was fishing than for the dolphins.

Then in the afternoon when we were going to the sperm whale area our small boat saw a blow that looked like from a sei whale but we couldn't confirm. After it, we continued and we could see another tail from Sperm whale, and then could spot a quite shy group of pilot whales.

False killer whale head

False killer whale

So today, we spotted all these species that they are Odontoceti, like "vaquita" a porpoise that unfortunately is close to the extinction. And today Marina one of our biologist is going to do a presentation of this species. So looked like that all these seven species were interested in this presentation about one of the same group.   

Lots of babies

What a wonderful day at Pico Island! Today we saw five different cetaceans species. We had pilot whales, sperm whales, Sowerby's beaked whales, and Bottlenose and Atlantic spotted dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Sowerby's beaked whale

Pilot whales

Bottlenose dolphins

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