During the month of October we encountered 7 different whale and dolphin species. There are not many place in the world where you can routinely see such a diversity of cetacean species in such a short time frame! Our resident sperm whale has not been as present as is usually expected for this time of the year, but we have had a surprise visit from a migrating fin whale and also a group of Sowerby's beaked whales. Of course it's not just about the whales as we have also enjoyed the company of common dolphins every day that we have been out this past month (a 100% sighting rate!) as well as bottlenose dolphins, Risso's dolphins and perhaps some of the last Atlantic spotted dolphins for the season. Lets see what surprises the next month will bring us...
- Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) - 100%
- Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) - 86%
- Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) - 10%
- Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus) - 14%
- Sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens) - 5%
- Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) - 19%
- Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalis) - 5%