|20-5-2019 am| Fin whales, Blue whale, Sperm whales, Common dolphins and a loggerhead seaturtle!
The day started with our regular briefing about the species of cetaceans and the oceanic relief of the Azores. We didn't need to wait as there was information about baleen whales. We dressed up and we went to the South.
While reaching the whales a pod of about 20 Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) crossed our path and, of course, we stoped and took some pictures.
We left the animals and reached the first pair of baleen whales: two Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus).
Fin whales, usually have a bigger dorsal fin than the Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) and a darker coloration.
Near that pair of Fin whales there were two other baleen whales: one Blue whale and an other Fin whale.
The most common way to spot a baleen whale is by spotting its blow. It looks like a massive column of water coming from the surface of the sea. In Fin whales it can reach 8m high and in Blue whales 12m,
As we didn't want to disturb the whales, we left the area and went nearer to the shoreline as there was Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) found.
We managed to see 4 Sperm whales.
The animals fluked, so we could take some beautiful pictures of their tails, which are useful for photo identification.