Friday, October 1, 2010

September sighting statistics

September has been another good month for whale watching in the Azores. The weather allowed us to run tours for 28 of the 30 days of the month, and each of those days we were able to see whales and/or dolphins. Throughout the month we saw 11 different whale and dolphins species:

  • Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis)
  • Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
  • Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis)
  • Striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba)
  • Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus)
  • Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus)
  • Beaked whales (Mesoplodon spp.)
  • Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus)
  • Bryde's whales (Balaenoptera edeni)

It has been a particularly good month for seeing very large groups of Atlantic spotted dolphins and nursery groups of sperm whales. Although we are coming to the end of our busy season we are still seeing plenty of whales and dolphins, and we are ready for another good month of great sightings. We are already off to a good start for October, as this morning we saw a group of sperm whales (including one small whale that breached 3 times in a row) and Atlantic spotted dolphins.

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