This week we were lucky to have 29 sightings in total, one of the highest totals of the season. Not only did we see many of the three most common Mediterranean species, sperm whales, fin whales and striped dolphins, but we also encountered three pods of bottlenose dolphins with their newborn calves. We even shared our sea bath with a sperm whale, listening to him click below us, and ate our dinner surrounded by six fin whales. Along with all of the cetacean sightings we also saw several loggerhead turtles and one sting-ray. The sea this week was very calm so we were able to sail to the island of Corsica where the participants and researchers enjoyed a restaurant dinner and a tour of the old castle of Calvi. After two nights there we returned to Sanremo, which involved drifting through the night, during which time we took turns to look out for ships nearby.
Elisa, Anna, Elsa and Giulia
Following link is for participants of this week's expedition, showing the ship's route, pictures of some of the sightings and of some moments of the cruise which were memorable (or even not so...)