Monday, April 30, 2012

April 2012 sighting statistics

April is normally the best time for whale watching in the Azores, and this year was no exception for us. We saw a total of 13 different cetacean species this month (6 whale species and 7 dolphin species).


This is the time of the year that the baleen whale species, such as blue whales, fin whales, sei whales, humpback whales and minke whales, are passing the Azores on their anual migration to cooler waters further north. Now that summer is nearing we are also starting to see an increase in sightings of our resident sperm whales as well as some of our "summer species" such as striped dolphins and pilot whales. This month we were also really lucky to have killer whales (orcas) and false killer whales in the area. This is just the beginning of the season for us, and we expect more great sightings in the upcoming months!

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