Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 2013 sighting statistics

This month has been full of great sightings. We have especially enjoyed the company of our resident dolphins that never lets us down. The spotted dolphins are still here, giving us the warm feeling of summer, and they have kept us company on almost all the tours. We also have had a lot of loggerhead turtles around and Manx shearwaters, together with plenty of Cory's shearwaters. The sightings of sperm whales has been low this month, but that doesn't stop us from keep on searching for them and hoping that they are around. Now we can only wait and see what November has to show us.

Friendly Risso's dolphins

As usual during this month, today we had an amazing morning in the company of our friends; the dolphins. Just near Ponta Delgada one of the lookouts spotted a pod of common dolphins that were quietly there showing only their dorsal fins. Near the common dolphins there was a small group of Atlantic spotted dolphins, but unfortunately only one of our zodiacs saw this group. Beyond the whale watching we had a swimming with dolphin boat as well so we left the common dolphins to the swimmers. In front of Mosteiros we managed to find a nice pod of Risso's dolphins of about 10 individuals. The Risso's dolphins were surprisingly friendly, jumping near the boat!

Photos of Today:
Swimmers ready to enter in the water

Common dolphins playing in the waves

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Beautiful autumn day!

Today we enjoyed another typical Azorean day at sea, with mist, sun and lots of dolphins. We saw a large group of common dolphins in front of Ponta Delgada and a group of Atlantic spotted dolphins with many calves jumping around the boat. Before returning we passed by Vila Franca islet where we saw some yellow-legged gulls and some Sally lightfoot crabs.

Photos from today:

Common dolphins

Fishermen showing squid

Atlantic spotted dolphin jumping

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Sally lightfoot crab

Vila Franca islet

Vila Franca do Campo

Yellow-legged gull

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dolphins in the action

One more fun day in the company of dolphins. Throughout today we saw common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. All the groups that we sighted were quite active on the surface and we could see a lot of mating . And they were feeding together with Cory's shearwaters, Manx shearwaters and yellow-legged gulls. As well as the several pods of dolphins, we had the opportunity to see a school of fish during one of the encounters and we enjoyed the fauna and flora of Vila Franca Islet.

Photos from today:

Common dolphins hunting

Common dolphins mating

Common dolphins mating

A Cory's shearwater

Yellow-legged gulls hovering over a school of fish

Gulls and dolphins hunting together

Surfing in the waves

Monday, October 28, 2013

Coastline dolphins

Another sunny day in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and with two boats on a whale watching tours. Although we didn't spot any whales we had a lovely tour with multiple pods of dolphins. The majority of the groups were feeding, reminding us of summer. We had undoubtedly amazing tours, with three species of dolphins: common dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

Photos from today:

Common dolphin surfing in the waves

Spotted dolphins

Watching bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

Cory's shearwater

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Summer reminiscence

Today we had a foggy day that was full of dolphins. We went out only with zodiacs both in the morning and afternoon. During the morning, just in the beginning we spotted a nice pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins that were really friendly and were bowriding and jumping in front of our boats. The next species was the common dolphin, with several groups being sighted spread out across a large area. In the afternoon we had a nice tour close to coast line enjoying, once again, several pods of common dolphins. In the end we stopped in a feeding area with common dolphins, Cory's sheawaters and Manx shearwaters near to Ribeira Quente. It was in this frenzy that we saw also two bottlenose dolphins that were enjoying the feast. 

Photos from today:

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Common dolphin 

Sally lightfoot crab's

Feeding area with the Common dolphins 

Bottlenose dolphin

Friday, October 25, 2013

In the company of dolphins

Today we had a good day at sea aboard our catamaran and zodiacs. We left the marina for tours both in the morning and the afternoon. In the morning we sighted three species of dolphins: common dolphin, Atlantic spotted dolphin and bottlenose dolphin. In the afternoon we saw the same species from the morning, except the bottlenose dolphins, but as compensation we had opportunity to see many Manx shearwaters and a loggerhead turtle.

Bottlenose dolphins jumping along side our catamaran "Cetus"

Spotted dolphins

A loggerhead turtle and a Manx shearwater

Common dolphins

Our two zodiacs from the morning

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

From big boat to small boats

Due to the weather conditions we had to cancel our catamaran for this morning and our lookout couldn't find anything else then a group of dolphins, so we decided together (our captain, crew and guests) what to do. We had the choice of going out in our zodiac boats to see the dolphins or stay on land. 20 brave and adventures guests decided to go, we dressed for water and dolphins and left the marina. We saw a large and spread out group of common dolphins, and one of our zodiacs got glimpse of Atlantic spotted dolphins too. The common dolphins were playful, surfing in the waves and jumping full body out of the water next to our boats while we enjoyed the rollercoaster ride. We also got to see plenty of Cory's shearwaters and a few Manx shearwater.

Photos from today:

Common dolphins surfing the waves
Common dolphin
Our zodiac boat watching the Vila Franca Islet

Sally lightfoot crab on the islet
Yellow-legged gull on the islet

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A rainy day ends with dolphins and sunshine

Today started off very wet and rainy and to our and our passengers' frustration we had to cancel our morning round of tours, but lucky by the end of the morning the sky had cleared out our vigias on the coastline spotted some dolphins for us to see. We were able to get our boats out on the water in the afternoon and some of our morning passengers had the chance to join us. We were lucky to see 3 different dolphin species: bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins (a group of about 300 individuals!) and common dolphins. Our swimmers also enjoyed swimming with the very social group of bottlenose dolphins. Hopefully we will be able to return to the ocean tomorrow!

A large group of Atlantic spotted dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

Our swimming boat

Common dolphin

 A beautifully sunny ending to the day

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