This January has been a nice month for winter whale watching in São Miguel, Azores. We have had more tours than usual for this time of the year, going out on more than half the days of the month. We have also experienced more species diversity than expected for this time of the month. In total we encountered 7 different cetacean species, of which 2 were whale species and 4 dolphin species (pilot whales belong to the dolphin family). It was nice to see fin whales this early in the year and it was also a great surprise to have a visit from a passing humpback whale. As well as whales and dolphins this month we also encountered a sunfish, many loggerhead turtles, a hammerhead shark and of course many seabirds. What a great start to the year!