Saturday, June 1, 2019

Mr Liable amazed us with his huge tail several times in São Miguel

Today some of our boats managed to see bottlenose dolphins. It was a big group, very active and socialising. 

Some of our other boats were further east seeing as well some common dolphinsThey were very active, probably feeding with plenty of shearwaters on top. 

But the star of the day, was without any doubt, our beloved Mr. Liable. This male sperm whale has been around the island on the last few days, and today amazed us with his huge tail several times. So.. he was foraging, both in the morning and afternoon!  Who knows how much food does he need to be satisfied! Furthermore, we took our chance to listen to him. Did you know that sperm whales have the most powerful echolocation sound of the animal kingdom?? And they use it when foraging! So today.. perfect occasion to use our hydrophone with this amazing male sperm whale!

In the afternoon Mr Liable was still around so we went to the area where he was diving and managed to track him by listening to his foraging click on our hydrophone. As he almost does, this big sperm whale did not dissapoint us when he came up to the surface. We managed to see him for a long time as he was up breathing, before he showed us another magnificent tail. 

The dolphins were also really nice in the afternoon. From our catamaran we encountered a small group of common dolphins after Mr Liable dived, and from one of our small boats some striped dolphins were also seen before the encounter with the sperm whale.

One of our small boats also saw the striped dolphins. They were socializing and leaping out of the water showing their bellies! This kind of behaviour is not very common for the striped dolphins here around são Miguel. They also had lots of calves. They are a beautiful species to encounter.

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