Tolle Sichtung von Hyperoodon ampullatus (Nördliche Entenwale) durch unsere Freunde auf den Azoren
Die nächste mare-mundi - Azorenexkursion 2012:
What was supposed to be a dolphin swim turned out to become an extraordinary whale watching trip!
On a sunny morning we encountered a pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) and put the swimmers (two at a time) in the water.
After a while, one of the vigias got some good news: He had spotted rare northern bottlenose whales (Hyperoodon ampullatus)! They belong to the group of the beaked whales and can reach 10 meters in lenght. We took off and approached them very slowly and carefully. There were four or five animals traveling together, showing impressive blows!
As we were aiming to continue the ‘dolphin swim’ we looked for some bottlenose dolphins due to the advices of the vigia. We found false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) instead! A few of the approximately 30 animals surrounded the boat, definitely very curious, and surfaced right next to the boat. One of the bigger males (they can grow up to 6 meters) even rubbed its belly against the boat- so cool!
We could not find any words to describe this very special encounter!
After all, we also found a pod of pilot whales.
Both false killer and pilot whales belong to Blackfish, which consists in 6 species of cetaceans (orca, long and short finned pilot whale, melon- headed whale, pygmy killer whale and false killer whale).
They are commonly called whales but classified scientifically in the Delphinidae or oceanic dolphin family.
Northern bottlenose whales
False killer whales
Fotos: Frank Wirth (Pico Sport)
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