|20230512| Flat sea day with Bottlenose dolphins and Sperm whales!!
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On this fantastic morning, we saw a group of 6 sperm whales (𝘗𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘴), including 1 calf and juvenile feeding), common dolphins (𝘋𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘴), bottlenose dolphins (𝘛𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘱𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘴) and a group of striped dolphins (𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘦𝘰𝘢𝘭𝘣𝘢). Associated with the common dolphin group we observed some Cory's shearwaters (𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴) and some common tern (𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘰). On our way back, some Portuguese Man O'War (𝘗𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘢 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴) were observed 1 mile from the Morro de Castelo Branco.
In the afternoon we were able to observe sperm whales (𝘗𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘴) that were hiding, and it took us 1h:30 min and 20km offshore, but finally, we found them and they were everywhere! A group of over 17 whales also diving at a time. A pod of about 50 bottlenose dolphins (𝘛𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘱𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘴) socializing made the evening end in perfection. More images were collected for the catalogs and to study their social ecology!
What a great day!
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