Thursday, July 19, 2012

Visit to the sea canyon

This past Sunday, July 15th, we sailed out from Portimão with the new catamaran of Ecoceanus. Calm sea, sunny weather and a lot of activity out there, between about 8 and 13 miles off shore. One of the highlights of the trip were sightings of two Minke Whales (Baleonoptera acutorostrata) one time as close as about 40ms to the boat.

Regarding birds, we had a very good selection of pelagic species already - have a look of the species list:

Good views of Great- (c. 8), Arctic- (2) and Pomarine Skuas (3), Great- (2), Sooty- (1-2), Balearic- (30+) and Cory's Shearwaters (c. 60), Wilson's- and European Storm Petrels (40+, mainly O.o.)... 

Next trip is scheduled for the 19th of August and there are still seats available. Don't miss the oportunity!

Minke Whale (Baleonoptera acutorostrata) off Portimão. Photo: GS.

Here is a video I shot during a trip to watch Dolphins off Fuseta with Passeios Ria Formosa in early July. My first encounter with Striped Dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) here!

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