Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August sightings

As it's the final day of August we at Futurismo have been looking back over our sightings for the month.. see below which species have visited us in the Azores and how often they've been seen. Our most prolific visitor, the migratory Atlantic spotted dolphin, has been seen on 93% of the days we've been at sea this month! It's a species we see a lot of at this time of year, usually large groups with plenty of calves swimming close alongside the adults. Sperm whales have been sighted 60% of the days this month, and fin whales made it onto the list which is unusual for this time of year!

To sum up our sightings this month (percentage of days we sighted each species):

  • Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis): 93%

  • Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus): 60%

  • Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis): 60%

  • Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus): 57%

  • Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus): 30%

  • Pilot whale (Globicephela macrorhyncus): 20%

  • Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba): 17%

  • Beaked whale (Mesoplodon species): 10%

  • Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus): 7%

Here's to many more..

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