Saturday, February 28, 2009

Observations February 09

Good surprise! The Atlantic spotted dolphins were still around São Miguel this February! These dolphins prefer warmer waters so they usually leave for the winter, but not this year. This past month we encountered 7 cetacean species and had another a little surprise with the earliest baleen whales of the season - fin whales!
In summary, February was a good month with unusually fine weather and great encounters.  All species encountered are listed below (with the most frequently sighted at the top of the list) and sighting frequencies are indicated by the bars in the graph above):

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