Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sperm whales in São Miguel and Pico Island

Another day in the north in São Miguel Island. We spent the day in the company of several families of sperm whales and in the afternoon one of these families were playing with bottlenose dolphins. Both morning and afternoon we had an amazing show. Tail slapping, jumps, spyhopping ... All we need to be happy. Nice way to say goodbye to the summer and wait to get into autumn with the same luck.

Photos by Marina Gardoki

Sperm whale with São Miguel Island in the background

Sperm whale - spyhoping

Sperm whale

Sperm whales

Sperm whales

Sperm whale - lobtailing

A really agitated day In Pico Island. The sea was wavy but our lookout spotted a group of sperm whales that showed their babies and their tails! On the way back to the harbor we got to see some Risso's dolphins surfing the waves. What a lovely way to spend the day!

Photos by Rui Santos

Female Sperm whale tail and newborn

Female Sperm whale and newborn

Risso's dolphin

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sperm whales jumping several times in our tours at São Miguel Island

Looks like the sperm whale sightings are again something usual during our tours...hurrah!

Today we had to go again to the North Coast and well, on the North side showing its magic we enjoy with our resident species, sperm whales in unusual behaviors. We saw them very well in the morning and then in the afternoon, they were a bit more shy. We saw them jumping and in company of babies.

We didn't had luck with the dolphins but the sperm whales were more than enough to make us smile and enjoy one more day with these lovely animals.

Photos by Marina Gardoki

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sperm whales, Sperm whales and more sperm whales!

Today we had a different day. In the morning we had to travel far away, to the north coast of the island in order to see sperm whales. We saw a family of 6, with calves, very active and socializing. Since we were in the north, we finished our trip in Rabo de Peixe, a small village. Our second trip started here. We traveled almost to the same area as the morning and spotted several families of sperm whales, more than 12 individuals in total. They were also very active and had the same behavior as in the morning: breaching, spyhopping and lobtailing. We were also able to see bottlenose dolphins together with one family of sperm whales. Then, we traveled back to Ponta Delgada again and finished our busy day.

Sperm whale underwater

Sperm whale underwater

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Another beautiful day with more than 200 dolphins in São Miguel Island

Today was another beautiful day. 
The ocean was really calm, reflecting the blue of the sky and the island very green! And it was a dolphin’s day. 

Photo by David Rodrigues

Started our tour in the morning aboard Catamaran

During the morning we could spot 3 different species of dolphins. We started with a group of bottlenose dolphins, then a large group of Risso's dolphins and finished with a group of more than 100 Atlantic spotted dolphins

Risso's dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Common dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Common dolphins

Photos by Alvaro RP 

Marine biologist Andreia during our tour

Our new vessel "Mirone" is very confortable

In the afternoon we spotted a group of more than 100 striped dolphins, very active and jumping very high and we finished with common dolphins.

Have you enjoyed your day as we did?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We had a summer day again and a lot of sightings

As always, we have calm and good weather after the storm, which means for us an excellent sea day with many sightings. 

In Pico Island, we started our tour by seeing a group of female sperm whales, we saw 4 and one of them with a calf, breastfeeding. 

Then with Pico Mountain behind and cloudless sky, we saw a group of spotted dolphins with quite a few calves. And in the end, we had one of our resident group of males risso's dolphins.

Photos by Rui Santos 

Sperm whales and a calf

Spotted dolphins and Pico Mountain at the back

Risso dolphin

In São Miguel, we had a summer day again... and the animals are back again also! 

We managed to see the same species in the morning and afternoon. So today we traveled to east to find a large group of atlantic spotted dolphins. They were very active and full of babies. Then, some meters from the place where we were with the dolphins, several sperm whales appeared and we could see a lot of tails! To finish the trips we stoped to see a group of curious common dolphins.  It was a great day on the ocean!

Photos by Carine Zimmermann

Fluking female sperm whale

Two adults and two calves of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins

Young Sperm whale head out of the water

Atlantic Spotted Dolphins next to the boat

August 2018 Sighting and statistics

August was a fantastic month for our sightings. 

We went out every day and had lots of surprises. We saw a total of 12 different species. 

Bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, and sperm whales were the species we saw the most in our tours. 

We also had the presence of our summer visitors: the Atlantic spotted dolphins and 3 species of beaked whales that we got to see very well even though they are very shy and do not like the presence of boats. 

Fingers crossed so this month is at least as good in number of species an weather conditions.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Tropical storm passed, now it's time for the dolphins again

Today we were back out on the water after the storm that has just passed by the Azores. 

The swell calmed down during the morning and although it rained during the afternoon we could still enjoy dolphins during both tours. 

In the morning we encountered common dolphins close to shore, followed by bottlenose dolphins further out. From our catamaran we also came across two Risso's dolphins, although they weren't as interested in us as the other two species. 

Photo by Mariana Silva

Watching dolphins aboard zodiac boat

Photos by Marina Gardoki

Common dolphin jumping

Aboard our Catamaran to start the day!

Whale watching aboard our catamaran

Our staff is ready to go!

In the afternoon we just encountered common dolphins, but we had a really nice group of about 50 individuals that were staying close to our boat in a nice tight pod. 

We all enjoyed seeing them, especially the young baby dolphins that were present in large numbers.

Common dolphins with calves

Watching dolphins

Common dolphins breathing 

Futurismo takes part on 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium

As you may know, our marine biologists from Futurismo Whale Watching Azores are doing research with the data they collect during our whale watching tours. 

As our guests may notice in all our tours we make photographs of the animals and we always collect specific data (GPS location, number of animals, behavior, and others informations).

Rafael Martins is a specialist about Risso’s dolphins and today he is presenting his scientific poster in the 53rd EuropeanMarine Biology Symposium in Ostend, a Belgian coastal city.

Have a look at his poster and come and find us at the Conference!

- Rafael Martins -
Discovering a resident family of Risso’s dolphins off São Miguel with a newly developed Photo-ID app.

For more information and learn more about Risso'sDolphins and their marks.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dolphin day and waiting for tropical storm Helene

Today we can already feel the bad weather that is approaching. 

The sea has been choppy and we spent the day in the company of our bottlenose dolphins and in the morning we still saw common dolphins. 

Our lookouts saw in the morning and afternoon blows and jumps of sperm whales, but they were very shy because when we arrived in the areas they decided not to greet us.

The wildlife is just like that, there's no way to control them. Some days are curious and other days are not. It's the magic of going to the discovery.

Photos by Marina Gardoki

Watching bottlenose dolphins

Swimming with dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin jumping

Common dolphins

Watching bottlenose dolphins

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