Sunday, September 30, 2012

September 2012 sighting statistics

This past month the weather has allowed us to go to the sea on 24 of the 30 days of September. During these days we have encountered 8 different cetacean species (4 species of whale and 4 species of dolphin). As well as our regular sightings of resident species such as the sperm whale, common dolphin and bottlenose dolphin we also had surprise encounters with a blue whale and sei whale that were passing the area. 

Summer is still with us in the Azores

Today was a perfect summers day in São Miguel with calm clear water and a beautiful blue sky. Throughout the day we had some great encounters with common dolphins and a bonus encounter with striped dolphins in the morning. Not a bad way to end the month of September and we hope that the good weather stays with us for longer.

Our zodiac in the afternoon

One of the many common dolphins sighted

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sunset boat trip with Futurismo

Here at Futurismo are main activites are whale watching and swimming with dolphins, however these are not the only activities we offer. Among other things we have walking tours, jeep safaris, mountain biking and coastal trips and sunset tours aboard our beautiful catamaran "Cetus". Yesterday evening we had a special group that were here for a sport fishing tournament and had booked a sunset tour with us. Just look at our photos and you will agree that it is worth it going out on one of these boat trips to see the sunset here in the Azores.

Today was another great day out at sea here in the Azores. In the morning we encountered groups common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins. Our onshore lookout spotted sperm whales far offshore in the morning but unfortunately it was too far for us to go with the time we had. The following photos were taken from our catamaran in the morning:

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Common dolphins

Common dolphins

Common dolphin

Watching common dolphins

Watching common dolphins

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sperm whale and bottlenose dolphin interacting

Today started off with a good feeling as we headed out of the marina and saw a segment of a beautiful bright rainbow over Ponta Delgada. Further out we encountered a group of at least 5 sperm whales surrounded by some very curious bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins wanted to play and were swimming around the whales' heads like they bowride in front of our boats. Unfortunately for the whales they get irritated by the presence of the dolphins so close to their heads. The interesting part for us was seeing how the whales were reacting to the dolphins. The whales were rolling around, slapping their tails, spyhopping and going on rushed dives (raising their heads out of the water). The show finished when the last whale remaining at the surface came up with it's mouth open just as a dolphin was jumping around it's head.

Photos from this tour:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sperm whales and common dolphins

Today we had whale watching in the morning  and ended up encountering common dolphins followed by least 5 sperm whales including younger whales and a very curious adult. The following photos were taken from aboard our catamaran today:

Watching a large compact group of common dolphins

Watching common dolphins from our catamaran

Common dolphin up close

Sperm whale breathing at the surface

Zodiac boat having a lucky close encounter with a curious sperm whale

Watching a sperm whale from our catamaran

Sperm whale fluke

Monday, September 24, 2012

Many dolphins along the coast of São Miguel

Today was a beautiful day in São Miguel and there were plenty of dolphins along the coastline. In the morning we encountered a very large and active of bottlenose dolphins as well as Atlantic spotted dolphins. In the afternoon we encountered several groups of common dolphins. This time of the year the groups of dolphins are large are still many baby dolphins around for us to see.

Photos from the morning:

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin leaping

Bottlenose dolphins - Two mothers with their calves

 Watching Atlantic spotted dolphins from our catamaran

View from the catamaran

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Photos from the afternoon:

Two of our boats with common dolphins close to shore

Common dolphin

View from our catamaran

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