Saturday, January 31, 2009

January 2009 sighting statistics

Our sighting statistics are regular for this month. The difference is that for the first time we had Atlantic spotted dolphins in January (usually these dolphins leave the Azores during the colder winter months). This year in January we encountered five different cetacean species. Encounter frequencies (number of days encountered of all the days we went to sea) for these species are shown in the graph above and common names are listed below (ordered by those most encountered first):

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A new year of whale watching has begun

Here at Futurismo we operate year-round and in recent days we have been on the sea again for our first whale watching tours of the new year. Despite it being winter we have had some good weather and we have already had 8 tours successful tours this year. During these recent tours we have encountered sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, Risso's dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins. It was a bit of a surprise to see the spotted dolphins in January as this warm water species is usually leaves our waters during the winter months. The Atlantic spotted dolphins were encountered in a very large pod of hundreds of individuals, many with small babies. 

2008 review of Futurismo's whale watching tours

During 2008 we had fabulous and unforgetable moments of whale watching thanks to the 17 species of cetaceans that visited the waters of São Miguel Island, Azores. The species sighted this year were: 

Ofcourse we also sighted other marine species including the whale shark, hammerhead shark, manta ray, sunfish, turtles and flying fish. Was a good year, but the most import for all, was the fact that we had the pleasure to share this wonderfull place with a lot of people.
Thank you very much for being with us!

The Futurismo team

December 2008 sighting statistics

Our whale watching tours continue throughout the year, as all seasons of the year there are whales and dolphins around the Azores. During the month of December we encountered six different cetacean (dolphin a and whale) species: the residents: sperm whale, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and Risso´s dolphins and the seasonal species: Atlantic spotted dolphins (on the last day of the year for the first time on record) and pilot whales. Sighting frequencies (days encountered of all the days we went to sea) are indicated by the bars in the graph above and common names of each of these species are listed below (ordered by those encountered first):

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