Tuesday, September 14, 2010

As if the birds were not enough

In the same scenario, with the same protagonist of my previous post about the pelagic trip off Punta Mala in the Azuero Peninsula of central Panama, we do not only saw all those terrific birds, we also saw three species of cetaceans!

The first species that we found was the Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus). A group of at least five individuals of this rarely seen species in Panama accompanied us for a while. You can see in the photo the characteristic bulbous head (as its scientific name suggests) that distinguishes this group of cetaceans (my id is range-based).
Of course we also found several Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). The tursiops are pretty common in panamanian waters, sometimes seen from the coast, specially around islands.
The third species was a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) that did a brief appearance for the delight of some of the group. I missed it, but I have seen this species before (around Coiba island). Well, not only life birds, but life cetaceans too (the Pilot Whales were my firsts).

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