Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Feels like summer

Today started with a gorgeous bright sunrise over the marina, for those that were up early enough before our catamaran departed for whale watching. Following this sunrise the whole day has been sunny and warm in São Miguel, Azores. The pleasant conditions brightened up our trip and left us looking forward to the spring which is just around the corner. During our tour we encountered four different groups of common dolphins. The groups were small and spread out, but they took interest in our catamaran and accompanied us as we were cruising along. No whales were spotted today so we took the time to travel back along the coastline to enjoy the views of the south coast of São Miguel. Along the way we stopped to see Vila Franca Islet (a sunken in volcanic crater in the ocean that has a beautiful lagoon inside) to observe the birds and to see the volcanic rock formations. Our tour ended with a nice hot cup of green tea which we offer our clients on return to Ponta Delgada.

Sunrise over our catamaran Cetus

Clients arriving to our shop

A young dolphin watcher!

Common dolphins

The bow full of dolphin watchers

Our German guide for today

One of our biologists, Clara, on top deck

Our skipper heading towards Vila Franca Islet

Approaching Vila Franca Islet

Yellow-legged gull at Vila Franca Islet

Vila Franca Islet rock formations

Vila Franca Islet

Caloura (showing our vigia (onshore lookout) on top of the cliff, to the left of the row of trees)

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