Choppy sea and sneaky fin whales :)

Our lookout today spotted few fin whales to the southeastern side of the Island. Their blows were getting carried away by the fresh northern breeze making it difficult for us on the boat to detect and keep track of them. So, funny as it gets, the lookout located far on land was seeing them each time, while we were struggling to reach them, and the choppy sea was not helping 😛

Eventually, though, an underwater shadow appeared behind the boat and there it was, a young fin whale was coming up calm, and soon after it was followed by another one. So, we stayed with these two young individuals, which hanged around for a while, likely resting after some busy foraging bouts. One of the individuals appeared having many tiny darker spots on its body, possibly a viral skin condition, but in order to confirm that we would have need a tissue sample for analysis. On the way back we saw another fin whale individual closer to the shore.

If you are wondering about the dolphins, well we did have a small group of common dolphins, but today more than common dolphins we should call them hiding dolphins 😀 not because they were playing hide and seek, but because they were too busy feeding that stayed mostly underwater!


Underwater view of a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

Arianna Cecchetti

About Arianna Cecchetti

Arianna is a Marine Biologist and was Main Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2009, and Technical & Scientific Director until 2018. Originally from Italy, she sees herself more as a world citizen. Arianna deserves the very best, and we hope she can come back to share her passion for the sea with us again.

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