Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A year of whale watching in the Azores

As we come to the end of 2014 we are looking back to our amazing year of whale and dolphin watching here in São Miguel, Azores. Throughout the year we have encountered a total of 16 whale and dolphin species (blue whale, fin whale, sei whale, humpback whale, sperm whale, northern bottlenose whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, Blainville's beaked whale, orca/killer whale, false killer whale, pilot whale, Risso's dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, striped dolphin and Atlantic spotted dolphin). One of the highlights was an incredible baleen whale season (the spring months), in particular for fin whales as we had a record of encountering fin whales every day for 35 days in a row! Of our 397 tours we encountered whales and/or dolphins in 396 tours this year, a 99.7% success rate!

As well as our cetacean sightings we have also encountered many seabirds and other marine species. As usual we came across many loggerhead turtles and also some leatherback turtles. There were some oceanic sunfish, marlins, tuna, sharks and many mantas. In fact we had a record number of manta ray and devil ray encounters this year. We invite you to watch our video compilation below, showing you some of our magic moments of 2014. Thank you to everybody that joined us out on the ocean this year and we wish you all a great 2015! 

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