I chose this first picture, because I made a huge amount of pictures of water this day. But anyway: This was quite an experience!
For sure: Everyone going whale watching hopes for this dreamy moment when a huge whale jumps out of the water next to your tiny boat and salutes the crew with a big splash. Or at least an iconic tail finn. We didn’t have that. We saw pilot whales. A rather modest species compared to their giant colleagues, the blue whales (not so many around the Azores) or the sperm whales. Pilot whales are mostly black or dark grey, around around 5,5 meters long, they like squid and octopusses and eat around 45kg of them per day. They are not on the list of endangered species and still hunted—above all on the Faroese Islands. Technically speaking they aren’t whales but big dolphins. Nevertheless, I was quite impressed to see those friendly beast in their natural habitat.
And we saw dolphins.