Sunday, August 14, 2011

We have just returned from another amazing day of whale watching and dolphin swimming. It's another one of those beautiful hot and calm days in São Miguel, and during the day we have spotted 7 cetacean species in our waters. During the morning we went east of Ponta Delgada where we had encounters with a baleen whale that was thought to be a fin whale (unusual for this time of the year as they usually pass here during spring), sperm whales, bottlenose dophins, Atlantic spotted dolphins, Risso's dolphins and common dolphins. At this time our vigia (onshore lookout) also spotted a group of false killer whales, however these were further to the west so unfortunately we did not catch up with this species that we don't see all too often here.


In the afternoon we had an amazing encounter with 3 sperm whales that were socialising at the surface. We got to see these individuals really well and we noticed that two of the whales had a lot of white marks that we can use to identify these individuals:


In the afternoon we also saw several groups of Atlantic spotted dolphins. Our swimming trip was particularly special this time, as our clients got to experience swimming with a huge group of at least 500 dolphins! This is really a great time to come join us on a tour, especially now that the forecast is looking perfect for at least the next week...

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