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|26-06-2019 am| Arrival of the pod of the "White head" Sperm whales and Atlantic-spotted dolphins

The sea had white caps that morning and it turned the lookout's job harder than usual. But some Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) were spotted and we went to find them.

We had an amazing encounter with three whales socializing.

After five minutes they started transiting. The pod was composed of six animals, and from the images taken and by conversation with the local sperm whale catalogue expert we realized it was the group of the white head. A group characterized by having a female with a whitish coloration.

More whales were spotted and we moved towards them. There were Cory's shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) swimming actively in the wind.

A large group of Atlantic-spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) were in the area.

The pod had a great number of juveniles.

These dolphins are friendly with boats and we could see plenty of activity nearby.

We all enjoyed these toothed cetaceans until our time came and we had to come back to Horta.

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