Today we were incredibly lucky to have a group of orcas (also known as killer whales) in São Miguel!!!
It is very rare for us to see this species in the Azores, in fact the last time we sighted them here in São Miguel was in 2008. We were able to see the group of at least 6 individuals during both our morning and afternoon tours. The group included a very large male and also a calf. In the morning we were very lucky to see the male snatch a (very unfortunate) turtle off the surface of the water! Later we could still see the orca holding the turtle in its mouth. Just have a look out our photos below to see what we were treated to today. In the morning we also sighted bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins while in the afternoon we also encountered a large male sperm whale that we call Mr Liable...
Watching orcas from our catamaran (male orca on the left, female on the right)
3 of the individuals from the group
Mother and calf
Watching the big male from aboard our catamaran
Male orca snatching up a turtle
male orca with his prize (loggerhead turtle)
Later the male was still seen grasping the turtle between its teeth
A great view of the orcas from our zodiac
One of the orcas tail slapping in front of our catamaran (afternoon tour)
More tail slapping from the big male
Here you can see the eye of the male orca
Mr Liable - a large male sperm whale that is a regular visitor to our island (seen during our afternoon tour)