Monday, March 27, 2017

3 in a row!! Sperm whale, Fin whale and Sei whale!

The morning trip was a real surprise! Despite the weather conditions have changed faster than expected, the nature provided us with the sighting of several magnificent whales! Our lookout spotted some blows and we were going to the area but it started raining too much and he was not allowed to keep tracking the whale. When finally stoped raining, the lookout spotted another blow. When we arrived, we spotted a blow of a sperm whale that quickly dived. However, in the same area we had the privilege to be with two fin whales and a sei whale! During all the trip we were accompanied by several groups of Cory's shearwater, a species of seabird very emblematic of the Azores. Nature has unexpected events and unbelievable experiences!

Fin whale and the tail print on the water

Cory's shearwater

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Springtime?! Fin whales!

This morning we went for a whale watching trip on our catamaran. The weather was quite good and our lookout spotted whale blows, but far away! Out of Ribeira Quente, we were able to see 3 huge fin whales! The whales were really calm and they even approached our boat! It was an amazing moment! In our way back to Ponta Delgada, near the Vila Franca Islet, we spotted a pod of super curious common dolphins. They bow ride us and they were in the mood to let us seem them really well! It was such a good morning :)

Balaenoptera physalus | Fin whale

Balaenoptera physalus | Fin whale
Balaenoptera physalus | Fin whale
Delphinus delphis | Common dolphin

Delphinus delphis | Common dolphin 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring sometimes preaches some pranks. Today it was windy day and The sea began to get angry, not like the last days. Luckily, we were able to see three Sei Whales sailing at high speed through the waves. At first we still had some doubts about what kind it was, but in one of his breaths it was possible to see that it was a very dark whale and with the right side of the lower jaw really dark. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish the Baleen Whales, but after some practice we can distinguish using the shape and size of the dorsal fins and also their coloration.

We can then say that we saw the FIRST SEI WHALES of the YEAR !!

                                                        Balaenoptera borealis | Sei whale

Humpback Day :D

One of our favorite species came for a visit. We saw Humpback Whales!! Humpback Whales, when in a good mood, are rather curious. They can jump and show off their long pectoral fins. Yesterday it kept distance in the morning, but in the afternoon it even passed under one of our boats. Probably wanted to see more closely who we were. In the morning we also saw Fin Whales and a group of Risso's Dolphins. In the afternoon we saw again Common Whales and also two groups of Bottlenose Dolphins. One of the groups had our known Egyptian (dolphin with dorsal fin with triangular shape) and in the other group we saw Max (a dolphin that has deformed upper jaw). Spring is being a decoy for our whale friends. We are waiting for your visit too.

Megaptera novaeangliae | Humpback whale

Grampus griseus | Rissos dolphin

Megaptera novaeangliae | Humpback whale

Balaenoptera physalus | Fin whale
Tursiops truncatus | Bottlenose dolphin

                                                  Tursiops truncatus | Bottlenose dolphin

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Five species in one trip!!

We continue with our amazing spring encounters! Today we did a remarkable trip where we saw five different species; we were out of time to see all what the sea was offering to us.
We started our trip with common dolphins all over our way to the baleen whale area, they were just appearing everywhere; we stop to see some Risso’s dolphins for a while and then we continued towards the area of where our lookout spotted a fin whale, for our surprise when we arrived we has two whales surfacing together and very close to our boat. In Futurismo we applied the whale watching rules in order to respect the animals and we always leave some distance, but of curse they don’t follow any rule, and when they are in the mood they like to approach us. Today it was that case with the whales.
After that we decided to try to go to another area, where some sperm whales were seen by our lookout, when we arrived we had the luck to see two of them spy hopping ; they were very calm just laying and resting at the surface.
It was already time to go back to Ponta Delgada but in our way back a group of around 50 bottlenosedolphin started playing with our catamaran and bow riding; so we stay with them for a while.
Clients of today’s trip where really lucky as well as the biologist on board ;)

Check the photos of the trip:

The two fin whales surfacing very close to our boat

When the fin whales go for a dipper dive, they curve their back a bit more

One of fin whales

Sperm whale logging

Two sperm whales diving at the same time

The two sperm whales were socializing

Some of the big group of  bottlenose dolphins

A Risso's dolphin with many white marks, indicating it is an adult individual

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Welcome springtime!

What a great way to start the springtime! We started our day with an nice trip in the morning with faboulus encounters with fin whales! Today the see was calm and they performed a beautifull show of blows. 
We also saw Risso's dolphins, with some babies in the group as well as curious common dolphins playing and bowriding our catamaran.
In the afternoon it was the turn of the rest of our residente species, we went to the west quiet a long trip until we encounter some sperm whales; the whales were very active, approaching one of our zodiac boat; one of them even breached close to our catamaran. Coming back to Ponta Delgada we encounter a group of bottlenose dolphins, the very  well know bubblemaker's family; a group of at least 30 dolphins that are very happy to play with our bow.
So as you see springtime has started the best way possible here in Futurismo :)

Some photos of our tours:

Fin whales:


Sperm whales:

Risso's dolphins:



 Bottlenose dolphins:

Common dolphins:

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Actividade nas Sete Cidades

No dia 14 de Março realizou-se uma actividade nas Sete Cidades com o Agrupamento de Escolas Templários - Tomar, correspondente a uma visita de estudo do Curso Profissional de Técnico de Apoio à Gestão Desportiva, requerida pelo professor responsável João Rodrigues.
Esta foi realizada no nosso Centro de Actividades das Sete Cidades com as seguintes operosidades: Peddy Paper, BTT e Canoagem. 

Esta foi a nossa tarde com o grupo:

On March 14, we made a sport activity in Sete Cidades with the Agrupamento de Escolas Templários - Tomar, corresponding to a field trip by the class of Curso Profissional de Técnico de Apoio à Gestão Desportiva, requested by the organizing teacher João Rodrigues.
This event occurred in our activity center with the following activities: Peddy Paper, Mountain Biking and Canoeing.

This was our afternoon with them: 

Equipa Vermelha / Red team

Equipa Amarela / Yellow team

Equipa Roxa / Purple team

Equipa Verde / Green team

O nosso almoço no Green Love / Our lunch at the Green Love restaurant

O nosso Centro de Actividades / Our activity center

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