Dolphins were first on the list. A pod of at least 150 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were EVERYWHERE. It is highly possible there were more as a few groups, comprising of a good-sized number, were constantly being seen out in the distance and yet we had plenty of them to look at close by! This group was on the move, possibly chasing down small schooling fish below the ocean's edge, and forced us to have to keep up with the movements of this constantly moving group. What a pleasant way to begin the day especially with the shear number of whales in this particular group.
Perhaps the dolphins distracted us enough for soon after leaving the group we came across a Fin whale not far beyond the smaller whales. This Fin whale, while "smaller" in size (still probably a good ~40ft long) was swimming just below the surface giving us the chance to watch this animal pump its large tail up and down moving itself forward. At one point you could see from tip-to-tail of this whale as it effortlessly swam alongside the boat.
|Fin whale at the surface. Above: The front part of this whale as you can even make out this whale's flipper (light green patch) seen extending out the side of this whale. Below: The dorsal fin and some of this whale's back|
|Patches' dorsal fin "bobbing" at the surface|
|Tornado's flipper above the waterline as the calf's back can be seen just in front of Mom's flipper|
|That is actually Tornado's calf above the surface. Tornado herself is just barely above the surface (Tornado's dorsal fin can be seen on the left side of the photo!)|
The day wasn't done for as we went searching for another whale we had seen in the distance while watching Tornado and her calf, we suddenly spotted who we were waiting for. Out of the blue one very large Humpback whale came clear out of the water. A full body breach! Unless you were one of the few lucky passengers who happened to be looking in the right place at the right time you most likely instead saw the enormous splash created by such the event. Even though this whale only jumped once we got some great looks as Tectonic continued to move around the area.
It was another adventure today as whether we go on two trips in one day, or only a few times a week, the whales keep us on the edge of our seats as we continue to search for such mysterious and wondrous creatures!
|Tectonic in the process of swimming further down into the ocean's depths|
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