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A balance of luck

Some you win some you loose.

The passage of Northern Bottlenose Whales through the Azores is a slim window of opportunity; you have perhaps a week, maybe a little more before they move to deeper oceans. They arrive and then they are gone. Analysing past sightings we targeted this week as a likely arrival date.

So after our first day out whale watching were the two flights, the choppy ferry, the lost fleece and an Air Portugal cock up with our (still) lost luggage all worth the bumpy four hour trip out on the zodiac? you bet your bottom dollar it was!

Skimming the waves past a Loggerhead Turtle, Great and Cory’s Shearwaters, Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Spotted Dolphins and Short finned Pilot Whales we happened upon five of the Northern BN Whales. … Oh! and did I mention the crippling views of the biggest bull Sperm Whale you can imagine? Roll on the rest of the week.

2015 07 18 Northern Bottlenose Whale Azores Portugal_Z5A0732 (2)

excuse the photo … it’s a JPEG and unedited.

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