This month has been very difficult for us in São Miguel as we have been experiencing a lot of very bad weather. Many days in a row have been very windy, rainy, foggy and even slightly cold for Azorean standards. This means that we had to cancel many tours to the disappointment of all our clients and crew that have been looking forward to seeing the baleen whales that are passing this time of the year. It is frustrating being confined to land when we know there could be a lot out there, including blue whales, fin whales and sei whales...but all we can do is be patient and wait for this unusually long winter to pass. We are hoping that next week conditions will improve. Of the 6 days that we did manage to go out we encountered 5 different cetacean species. The highlight of this month was an encounter with a group of orcas (also known as killer whales) on the 10th of March (click HERE to see more about this incredible encounter).
The following graph shows the sighting frequency (days sighted of all the days we went to sea) of those species seen this month. Sighting frequencies for each species are listed below
- Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis): sighted of 5 days
- Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus): sighted 1 day
- Orca (Orcinus orca): sighted 1 day
- Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus): sighted 2 days
- Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus): sighted 1 day
Map of our cetacean sightings