Friday, February 8, 2013

The baleen whale season has started!

Today we were excited because we can say that the baleen whale season has started in São Miguel, Azores! This morning we went out with one of our zodiac boats and we traveled to the south first and then to the east of the island to try to view some baleen whales that our vigia (onshore lookout) had spotted for us. Baleen whales are migrating whales and normally pass through the archipelago of the Azores during the spring months, the time that they are headed up the North Atlantic and spend the summer feeding in the Arctic. Today the sighting was not easy because the whales were feeding,meaning they were spending little time on the surface, coming to the surface only to breathe a few times on each surfacing. Even with the difficulties, we managed to see a fin whale well, but not the sei whales that our vigia spotted farther south.

fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
Our Skipper Mario speaking on the radio
Santa Maria island

Returning to Ponta Delgada

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