Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sperm whales and Risso's dolphins

This morning the sea was calm, so we set out to the east of the island to an area where our coastal lookout had seen some whales. But first, on the way we had a group of dolphins to see. There was a large group of at least 30 Risso's dolphins spread out over a large area. They were calm and playful, making them great to watch. We saw a few darker juveniles together with the whiter adults, and they were not shy to come near our boats. Next it was time for the whales that were further east. It was a group of at least 10 to 15 sperm whales, just like with the Risso's dolphins there were several juveniles among the adults. Today was not a day for tails from these whales, but we enjoyed seeing them at the surface together as they appeared to be having some social time. On our way back to Ponta Delgada we had one final surprise; a small group of common dolphins that came to check us out. 


Photos from today:

Adult and juvenile Risso's dolphins



The sperm whale group together

Two sperm whales surfacing high to breathe (notice each one has an open blowhole)

The sperm whales

Monday, September 26, 2016

Curious baby sperm whale

Today we saw several sperm whales, but the same group both in the morning and in the afternoon. Our boats saw lots of them around, and some jumping whales as well. But the highlight was the little baby in the family. In the morning the baby was a bit more shy but still wondefully cute next to the adults. In the afternoon, maybe with a belly full of milk, it all of a sudden jumped next to our catamaran and then it came right up to us to check us out. It swam under our bow almost like a dolphin. Amazing to see the intelligens of these animals and looking someone so small in the eyes and see a soul. Of course we also saw dolphins during the day, pilot whales, common dolphins, spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

Photos from the morning:

Common dolphin

Common dolphin


Female and baby


Female and baby

Photos from the afternoon:

Curious baby

Who is watching who?




Sunday, September 25, 2016

Bottlenose day

Today we encountered a large group of bottlenose dolphins, a bit spread out and far offshore but wonderful to see. Our swimmers also had a lovely time with them, as they could see the babies underwater. After this encounter we searched lng and far in different directions to find more animals. Oneof our boats saw a group of common dolphins, but the rest of us had to be happy with the bottlenose dolphins. Such beautiful animals will make anyone smile for hours.

Photos from today:

Bottlenose dolphin

Perfec ID photo



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mr Liable is back!

"Mr Liable" the big male sperm whale was with us in São Miguel again this morning. He can't have gone far because we saw him just two days ago. In the morning we also encountered familiar bottlenose dolphins; the group of "Bubblemaker" that we see here often. In the afternoon we started off with Bubblemaker's group, almost in the place where we had left them in the morning. After some time with them we headed offshore to where Mr Liable had last been seen, but unfortunately he had left as quickly as he arrived to the south coast of this island. We did find another group of bottlenose dolphins out there, this time an unfamiliar group that was very large and included many babies. It was nice to see them enjoying the waves and they even put in their best effort to race our boats as we left them to head back to base.


Photos from the morning:



"Mr Liable" - a male sperm whale



Bottlenose dolphins


Photos from the afternoon:

The bottlenose dolphin we call "Bubblemaker"

A big group of bottlenose dolphins


Mother and baby

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A day with Mr Liable

Today we had a visit from the most well-known whale here in São Miguel island; a male sperm whale who we call "Mr Liable". We have been seeing this whale here well over 10 years and we have registered over 120 encounters with him. In the morning we encountered him twice when he was at the surface between deep feeding dives. He was very close to Ponta Delgada, and also nearby an area of a group of bottlenose dolphins, giving us an excellent tour as we went between the two different species during the morning tour. Our swimming with dolphins tour was also a big success, as the swimmers had some nice underwater encounters with a group of bottlenose dolphins that includes an individual we call "Submarino" who has its dorsal fin missing. In the afternoon we returned to see the trusty Mr Liable. Again he did not dissapoint, as he stayed up for a long time and then showed us his beautiful tail, almost as if it was in slow motion. Another resident group of bottlenose dolphins also showed up in the afternoon. This time it was the famous group of "Bubblemaker", a group that just like Mr Liable has been sighted off São Miguel island for more than 10 years. It's been another fantastic day out on the ocean in the company of our familiar friends.


Photos from the morning:

Mr Liable outside of Ponta Delgada

Mr Liable diving



Mr Liable again - another great tail!


Bottlenose dolphins



Photos from the afternoon:

Bubblemaker, the famous bottlenose dolphin





Mr Liable one more time

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Spyhopping sperm whales

Today was a sperm whale day, we did encounter dolphins, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, both in the morning and afternoon but the sperm whale were the stars stealing the show. A group of 7-9 whales, spyhopping everytime we encountered them. It gives you a certain good feeling when whales are looking back, we are not the only ones aware of the company of the others. In the morning we encountered five whales and later two whale and they joined the five and we had 7 together. It took time to find them in the afternoon but the reward was wonderful as we saw 9 of them. 


Photos from today:

Two spyhopping sperm whales

Five whales together

Four out of nine


Bottlenose dolphin surfacing

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins - notice the one in the back without a dorsal fin who we call "Submarino"

Our catamaran Cetus
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