Sunday, May 20, 2018

Another great day in the company of 6 different species!

Today was another fantastic day in the company of migrating baleen whales and our resident dolphins. In the morning we all encountered a big blue whale together with fin whales (the two largest animals in the world) while from one of our boats the third largest, a sei whale was also seen. In the afternoon we resighted a fin whale that was very calm and curious. As for the dolphins, we enjoyed the company of bottlenose dolphins throughout the day and added common dolphins and Risso's dolphins to our list for the afternoon. So, 6 species in one day which is great!

Photos by Miranda van der Linde


Blue whale


Blue whale


Bottlenose dolphin blowing bubbles


Bottlenose dolphin jumping with its mouth open


Bottlenose dolphins


Common dolphin wave surfing



Cory's Shearwater


Fin whale


Fin whale


Fin whale curious with our zodiac


Fin whale surfacing


Risso's dolphins


Risso's dolphins


Watching a fin whale from our catamaran

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A wonderful cloudy day - in the company of Blue and Fin whales

We woke up today with a cloudy day. But this fact didn't affect us, and we found the first and second biggest animals of the world: blue whale and fin whale. In the morning we saw an adult fin whale with a calf very curious with our boats. What a moment!! In the afternoon we found several fin whales, and in the middle of them... a blue whale! We also saw a group of bottlenose dolphins, both in the morning and afternoon, that delighted our wonderful cloudy day. See you tomorrow.

Photos from Miranda van der Linde, David Rodrigues & Carine Zimmermann 


Fin whale and zodiac boat


Fin whale


Fin whale



Fin whale - mother and calf


Fin whale - mother and calf


Fin whale


Fin whale


Bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins


Fin whale blow


Fin whale


Fin whale blow - catamaran


Fin whale


Blue whale

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Big Five happen in Pico Island! Whales, whales and more whales...

In Pico Island today we had something special: The Big Five! We had a rare tour where we could see Blue whale, Fin whale, sei whale, humpback whale and Sperm whale! What an awesome experience for our normal 3-hour tour! This is something unique that happens only once in a while. 

In São Miguel island, in the morning, we saw a mommy fin whale with her baby always side by side and a very nice and big pod of bottlenose dolphins. In the afternoon also a fin whale, but this time only one and very big! The pod of bottlenose dolphins was very curious in the afternoon.

Photos by: Rui Santos & David Rodrigues



Humpback whale tail - Pico Island


Fin whale blow - Pico Island


Sei whale - Pico Island


Sperm whale tail - Pico Island



Common dolphins - Pico Island



Fin whale - mother and calf - São Miguel Island


Bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins



Bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins - Swimming with dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins - Swimming with dolphins


Zodiac boat - Swimming with dolphins




Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Whalecome" back Sei whale and calves

In the morning we started with one of our favorite species, not one but two humpback whales at 300m from the coast. 

After we saw two blue whales feeding and showing their pectoral fins at the same time and out of the blue, a sei whale appears. The first sei whale of the year! Welcome back! 



Humpback whales


Humpback whale tail



Cetus



Blue whale and a calf


Blue whale pectoral fin


Blue whale pectoral fin



Blue whale pectoral fin


We ended the morning with a well-known group of Rissos's dolphins.


In the afternoon was the trip of babies. We were able to see a blue whale and her baby and in an area close by a fin whale also with a baby. 

When we started our way back to Ponta Delgada there was also time for a very small group of juveniles bottlenose dolphins.





Risso's dolphin

In Pico Island the day was amazing with calm sea. We encountered the biggest animals around the world! A Blue whale along with three Fin whales. The Blue whale blow almost reached 10 meters high! Majestic moment to see and to record.



Blue whale and Fin whale


Blue whale blow almost reached 10 meters high


And for the first time in Pico Island this year, we saw two Sei whales. 


Sei whale in Pico Island Tour

In this tour we also encountered Risso's and Common dolphins 


Common dolphin


Risso's dolphin


What a lovely day in the Atlantic Ocean! 

We are in fact in the Balleen Whale Season in the Azores!
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