Saturday, July 30, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins kept us company on the way to the Ilhéu de Vila Franca this morning, seen below just off the coast of São Miguel.
The islet is a perfect nesting spot for a variety of birdlife - rock pigeons, common terns, Cory's shearwaters and yellow-legged gulls are among the birds that call the volcanic crater home. Our guests are always eager to see the Cory's shearwaters in particular, a species that comes to the Azorean archipelago to breed during the summer and is renowned for it's peculiar mating call. Sometimes when we're really lucky we also see pairs of milhafres (Azorean buzzards) swooping above the islet, a bird symbolic of the Azores.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
We haven't seen sperm whales so far today, but we have encountered a visiting pod of pilot whales and a few groups of common, bottlenose and Atlantic spotted dolphins. There's a lot of very small calves around at the moment so we've really enjoyed watching these nursey groups as the little ones learn how to jump and swim alongside the adults! Here's just one of many, this individual is a baby spotted dolphin (although he hasn't had time to develop his spots yet!)...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
The art of scrimshaw
Sperm whales diving this morning
Our swimming groups and whalewatchers also had encounters with common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. The bottlenose dolphins were especially friendly today - one group swam alongside our catamaran for quite some distance before we stopped to observe a sperm whale resting at the surface between its long dives.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Our afternoon tours were just as good. Our swimmers spent their time swimming again with Atlantic spotted dolphins, while the whale watchers had also encountered spotted dolphins as well as sperm whales, Risso's dolphins, common dolphins and striped dolphins.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
It's often possible to tell the diffence between male and female pilot whales by their dorsal fins - this looks like an adult male and smaller female swimming side by side
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
- Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis)
- Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
- Striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba)
- Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis)
- Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus)
- Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhyncus)
- Beaked whale (Mesoplodon sp.)
- Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus)