Thursday, January 2, 2014

Looking back to 2013

2013 has been another great year for whale watching and swimming with dolphins with Futurismo in São Miguel Azores. Although we had some bad weather in March and April (unfortunately preventing us from going out and seeing many of the blue whales that were passing at that time, we had a really great summer season with hardly any tour cancelled from May to September. Below are some of our highlights of 2013:

  •  Our tour success rate throughout the year was 99.4% (there were only 2 tours in which we did not see any whales or dolphins).
  • We encountered 17 different whale and dolphin species throughout the year.
  • 2013 was our best year on record for seeing orcas (also known as killer whales). A pod of at least 10 individuals stayed around São Miguel from January to May and during this time we had 17 encounters on 13 days. Orcas are considered rare in the Azores and we never know when they will show up.
  • 2013 was also our record year for Bryde's whales. On 9 tours we encountered Bryde's whales (a species we do not see here every year).

The graph below shows the encounter locations of our most common whale species in 2013:


The graph below shows the encounter locations of our 2 most common dolphin species in 2013:


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