Thursday, June 21, 2018

We spent today in the company of our famous Mr Liable again


We spent today in the company of our famous resident sperm whale Mr Liable again. Mr Liable is really well known in São Miguel for many years and we see him every year and almost every month. 

We got to see him in both the morning and afternoon and we even got to see his huge tail during the morning tour. 

We also had our resident bottlenose dolphins today (the well known group of bubblemaker in the morning) and Atlantic spotted dolphins in the afternoon. It was another fantastic summer day out on the ocean for us.




Sperm whale 'Mr Liable' tail



Sperm whale 'Mr Liable' diving


Sperm whale 'Mr Liable'



Bottlenose dolphin bubbles



Bottlenose dolphin jumping out of the water 




Bottlenose dolphin jumping part I


Bottlenose dolphin jumping part II

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A great day in São Miguel Island with 8 different species


This morning we saw 8 species, our catamaran and zodiacs spotted the resident species bottlenose dolphins but then each boat was different. 



Our catamaran 'Cetus'

Our catamaran could see for a moment a Minke whale and also saw a Sei whale


Sei whale surfacing


On the other hand, our zodiacs managed to see Common dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins, a fin whale that was a bit shy and a Sperm whale breaching several times!! 


Fin whale

To finish, on our afternoon tour we saw Risso's dolphins being the 8th species that we saw today. Then we went with the bottlenose dolphins and close to them was our male resident Sperm whale Mr. Liable, who showed the tail again. 


Seagull catching a fish


Common dolphins


Risso's dolphin


Bottlenose dolphins 


Sperm whale 'Mr Liable' diving 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

6 cetacean species and something unexpected: a whale carcass!


Today has been an amazing day at sea, in São Miguel Island! 
But beside these great sightings, today we found something unexpected on our afternoon trip: a whale carcass!! Probably it has died some time ago, as it was quite decomposed and smelling not very nicely. It had plenty of pilot fish underneath. It is wildlife!!! 
But not only whales and dolphins, as well a turtle, flying fish, Portuguese Man-of-War,  a storm petrel, a shark (maybe a blue shark), and of course, our dearest Cory’s shearwaters.



Whale carcass



Whale carcass



Whale carcass



Sei whale and dead whale far in the distance


Sei whale



Watching Fin whale


Watching Bottlenose dolphin jumping


Bottlenose dolphin bubbles 


Watching Bottlenose dolphin jumping


Watching Bottlenose dolphin jumping


In Pico Island, we had a full morning with a group of Sperm whales and five Sei whales with a calf very curious about our boat! We also encountered a pod of Common dolphins and another one of the Striped dolphins.



Sei whale


Sperm whale


Striped dolphins


Common dolphins

Monday, June 18, 2018

A hot summer day with a lot of species!

Today we had a very hot summer day in the sea. We went out both morning and afternoon to see Mr. Liable that as per usual showed off his tail to all of us. This majestic sperm whale is an old friend of us and we know him because of his big size and tail. We also saw our residents Risso's dolphins in our zodiac boat. 



Risso's dolphin


Mr. Liable tail


Mr. Liable tail


Mr. Liable tail

Sei whalesbottlenose dolphins and we saw the summer dolphin species, Atlantic Spotted dolphins for the first time today!


Bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins


Atlantic Spotted dolphin


Sei whale


Sei whale


Bottlenose dolphin

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Mr Liable is back!

Today was another gorgeous summer day in São Miguel. We had perfect conditions and some really great sightings throughout the day.

In the morning we started with a family of sperm whales that included at least 6 adults and a calf. We were lucky to see many tails from the adults as they went on their deep feeding dives.

After the sperm whales we encountered two sei whales that were really great to watch in the calm ocean.

Photos by Miranda Van der Linde & Mariana Silva


Sei whale blowing


Sei whale

We also encountered a loggerhead turtle in the morning as well as bottlenose dophins, although the whales were really the stars of the show during the morning tour.


Loggerhead turtle


Bottlenose dolphin

In the afternoon we had a male sperm whale to see, which turned out to be the familiar Mr Liable who we know really well. It was the first time this year that we encountered Mr Liable so it was nice to have him back with us, and he also seemed to be comfortable in our presence, as he was very calm and seemed to be sleeping, according to his slow breathing rate. We also had a brief encounter with some bottlenose dolphins in the afternoon, so in the end it was a great day with whales and dolphins for all to see.


Observing bottlenose dolphins


Sperm whale (Mr. Liable)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Families of spotted dolphins, lots of sperm whales and more!

Today we had an authentic summer day, we are pretty sure some of our clients and some of our crew members have been burnt by the sun!

Ocean was clean and calm with no waves or movements which is great to see the cetaceans.

We started in the morning with 3 dolphin species: common, spotted and bottlenose. Dolphins are on summer mood, especially the lovely spotted that have arrived in big, curious groups with many babies, some of the dolphins we were seeing were like one day old!

Sperm whales were seen in the two tours, both in the morning and in the afternoon; today we can say we have many new tails for our tail catalogue; even a breaching was seen in the afternoon!


Photos by Marina Gardoki



Sperm whale


Spotted dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins


Sperm whale diving



Huge sperm whale

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