Friday, July 20, 2018

Dolphins feeding, mating jumping....3 species!

We started the day with some clouds and some rain, but that was not a problem for the dolphins. Our first encounter was with a nice group of common dolphins, all feeding at the same time as the cory's shearwater. 

We continued the tour and now was the time for the bottlenose dolphins, it was a very big pod and we could see a lot o matting behavior in the area ...apparently next year we will have more dolphins! 

Right in the end of the morning Atlantic spotted dolphins showed up out of the blue and were also working for the next generation of dolphins! All this pods were full of babies!

In the afternoon tour we found again the bottlenose dolphins but this time they were about 100 meters from shore. It is not that normal in the Azores to found dolphins so close to shore but bottlenose dolphins also look for food in the sea bottom, like for example octopus. In the end more common dolphins appear and we spend the last minutes of the afternoon in their company.


Photos by David Rodrigues


Common dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins really close to the shore


Our zodiac 


Common dolphin jumping

In Pico Island this morning we swam with spotted dolphins. Sometimes they were really curious with our boat and sometimes they were moving really fast as you can see in the photos taken by Rui Santos.


Atlantic Spotted Dolphin


Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dolphins with babies, sperm whales and a Bryde's whale in whale watching tours in the Azores


Today was an adventure day in São Miguel Island. In the morning we were with a nice group of bottlenose dolphins along with plenty of babies. We also saw a group of common dolphins


Photos by David Rodrigues 



Bottlenose dolphin and a shoal of fish



Common dolphin jumping


Watching common dolphin


Common dolphin


Bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphin

In the afternoon the sea was rougher but we were able to see a group of Atlantic spotted dolphins, a loggerhead turtle, and 3 sperm whales. After all, it was a great whale watching day!

Photos by Carine Zimmermann 



Sperm whale females


Sperm whales


Sperm Whales blowhole visible



Today in Pico Island we had a morning with pilot whales. It was a nice group. In the afternoon, we saw the same group of pilot whales and a group of Risso’s dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins. We also encountered a Bryde's whale, known as the tropical whale because it is the only baleen whale species that live year-round in warmer tropical waters.

Photos by Rui Santos 


Bryde's whale 



Pilot whale spyhopping


Pilot whales


Risso's dolphin



Bottlenose dolphin


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More pilot whales in Pico Island and São Miguel!


Today morning we started the day a bit cloudy and we could see our resident species, the  common dolphin. Then we tried to find something else but we didn't have luck.

After that, in the afternoon we went far away, close to Povoação and we spotted again common dolphins. Suddenly in the same area
 pilot whales appeared making us smile. They where in a really good mood with us.

Photos by Carine Zimmermann and David Rodrigues



Pilot whale spyhopping


Pilot whales


Common dolphin



Common dolphins


In Pico Island, we had a group of Atlantic spotted dolphins a bit active like the winds blowing and the ocean waves! 

Photos by Rui Santos




Atlantic spotted dolphins


And we also had with bottlenose dolphins. They love jumping in big waves! 



Bottlenose dolphin flying 


We also encountered a group of pilot whales. We saw about 30 individuals. In the Azores pilot whales are frequently sighted from April to October.




Pilot whale







Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Three Northern bottlenose whales in São Miguel Island


Today we have been with a big group of common dolphins with very young babies. They are still learning to jump! 

This morning, while looking for sperm whales, we found three ​North Atlantic bottlenose whales... what a surprise!! They are not seeing quite often here, so everytime they appear is a bonus for us! 

A big male sperm whale was around as well, doing very long dives and showing his majestic tail.

Photo by David Rodrigues​ and Laura González



Northern bottlenose whale



Sperm whale tail 


Common dolphins 


Bottlenose dolphins


Whale watching tour


 Cory's shearwater


In Pico Island, today it was an excellent day at the sea! We had many dolphins. In the morning, we saw a group of female Risso’s dolphins with calves and then we encountered a group of pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins very active. 

In the afternoon, we had more Risso’s dolphins but this time, they were a group with some males and we also encountered bottlenose dolphins very curious about our boat.

Photos by Rui Santos 


Risso's dolphin and a calf


Risso´s dolphin


Bottlenose dolphin and pilot whales


Bottlenose dolphin




Monday, July 16, 2018

Many baby dolphins in our tours

Today in Sao Miguel we saw the same large group of young bottlenose dolphins we saw yesterday. They were spread out over a large area, always very active and mating! Jumps, leaps, bellies up and splashes all over! 

After that we went further south to enjoy with a big group of Atlantic spotted dolphins. There were so many babies! Very young ones, even newborns! Summer time!!! :)

Photos by David Rodrigues



Spotted dolphins with a baby


Spotted dolphin


Spotted dolphin jumping


Bottlenose dolphin


Bottlenose dolphin


This morning in Pico island we where along with a group of spotted dolphins, always following our boat. After that we found a group of male risso's dolphins with their ususal shy behaviour. They show themselves very way anyway :)


Photos by Rui Santos




Spotted dolphin in Pico Island


Risso's dolphin


In the afternoon, we went swimming with dolphins. It was a group of male residents dolphins. Near the area, we also had sperm whales, so we went there and we get to see a sperm whale tail and a calf very curious about our boat. We also encountered a group of Sowerby's beaked whale and some calves. 



Sperm whale tail


Sperm whale calf blowhole 


Sowerby's beaked whale

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Surrounded by Sperm whales

Today we have been surrounded by sperm whales. More than 20 individuals (probably around 30!) have been sighted very calm traveling west. :) Only in the afternoon, we saw them going for deep dives. Bottlenose dolphins were around too, this time a group of young animals, much smaller than the ones sighted the last few days!

Photos by ©Laura González


Sperm whales


Bottlenose dolphins


Sperm whale


Sperm whale
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