Monday, November 30, 2015

November 2015 sighting statistics

November has been a month of amazing tours even though we haven't seen many species, it has been really good. It has not been a whale month but also a month of bad weather. In the beginning of the month we had false killer whales around and in the end of the month we had some real whales around. We sighted sperm whales families with breachings and flukes. Our lookout has also seen beaked whales (Mesoplodon sp.), a minke whale and a humpback whale but they were never sighted from our boats. Smaller dolphins, we have seen our residents: common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Risso's dolphins. Now we start feeling that winter is coming here in the Azores.

When it comes to other marine life the Cory's shearwaters has still been around, lots of juveniles learning how to fly, and some great shearwaters,  Bulwer's petrels, yellowlegged gulls and little egrets. We have started to see winter birds such as great skuas, great black-backed gull and kittiwakes, plus a storm petrel. We have also seen loggerhead turtles, flying fish and lots of mackerel and garfish that the common dolphins have been feeding on.

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