Thursday, 12 September 2013

Santa Maria Whale Shark hunt- (Days eight to ten)

 Bottlenose Dolphins
 Sooty Shearwater
 Sperm Whale breaching
Goldcrest- an endemic island form on Santa Maria
Well that was a rather pleasant disaster. No Whale Sharks despite hours and hours of searching over three days. Didn't help that the tuna fishing fleet were having a tuna festival instead of out fishing and reporting whale shark sightings. Also seems like there was an early influx of Whale Sharks this year in August so it's possible the migration occurred early this year.
Dipping highlights included breaching Sperm Whales, pods of Common and Spotted Dolphin, Bulwer's Petrel, a Grant's Petrel at dusk, Sooty, Great and Cory's Shearwaters, Loggerhead Turtle and good company while searching the quiet seas.


StourbridgeRantBoy said...

Great stuff - best of luck with the Whale Shark, i remember snorkeling with a couple off of Mombasa more years ago than i care to remember!

Laurie -

Peter Alfrey said...

Cheers Laurie, unfortunately run out of time so will have to try again some day for whale shark