Saturday, October 31, 2015

October 2015 sighting statistics

During October we started to feel autumn and the presence of the residents (common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, Risso's dolphin and sperm whale), but the fin whales have still been around giving us a hopeful feeling of what to come in spring. A sei whale has also been sighted. Both striped dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins have been present to remind us that the summer is not over and the water is still warm and nice. And some false killer whales has paid us a visit, which is always more then welcome as it is pure joy to see them, so 9 species of cetacean seen from our boats. Our lookout have also sighted beaked whales, but they have not been seen from the boats this month. 

The sea has been full of loggerhead turtles and flying fish, a wonderful edition to our tours. The sky has been busy too with Cory's shearwaters, great shearwaters, Manx shearwaters, common terns, yellowlegged gulls, pomarine skua and little egrets. So here in Azores, another fantastic month has come to its end and we are looking forwards to a great November.

Common dolphin fun time

Today we had some fun time with our resident common dolphins. It started as a large feeding group but throughout the day the group started spreading out into their smaller family groups, and in the end of the day we only encountered a small group of about 10 dolphins. But right now all the Cory's shearwater juveniles have left their nests and are out on the ocean learning how to fly and its a great pleasure to see them. But one of the best parts was to see all the baby dolphins around. And so end October.

Photos from today:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lovely encounter with some of our resident dolphins

Today we went out in the morning and spent a lovely time with our two resident dolphin species, common, bottlenose dolphin and cory's shearwater. Especially the bottlenose were very playful today and came over to our boat multiple time and were bow riding, which is always fun to watch.

Delphinus delphis | Common dolphin

Calonectris diomedea borealis | Cory's shearwater

Tursiops truncatus | Bottlenose dolphin

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dolphin play

Today we encountered some very playful and social dolphins. In the morning it was common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins and in the afternoon common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Each tour is always very different, especially in terms of the behaviour of the animals. The social behaviour of the dolphins today made them a lot of fun to watch, especially the bottlenose dolphins in the afternoon with their high jumps and physical contact.

Photos from today:

 Beak to beak

Chasing each other

A bottlenose dolphin we all "Lady"

High jumps

Eye contact with a common dolphin

Friday, October 23, 2015

Familiar dolphins

Today we had some really nice encounters with two of our resident dolphin species: common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. We saw several familiar individuals that we recognise from their distinct appearance and behaviour, as each dolphin is unique. Out of the common dolphins there was one in the afternoon that we easily recognised from its bent over dorsal fin - a dolphin we call Victor. Out of the bottlenose dolphins we recognised one we call Lady and another we call Bubblemaker. Check out or photos below that show some of our nice encounters and the behaviours we got to see today.

Photos from today:

Common dolphin



Some curious behaviour

Swimming with the bottlenose dolphins

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Curious dolphins everywhere

Today it felt like we were surrounded by dolphins all the time. We saw both common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins throughout the day and they had lots of babies with them. They were playful and curious, maybe a little bit extra, the common dolphins in the morning surprised us a few time by bowriding and later wakeriding in the back. And in the afternoon they kept making turns around us, maybe to check out the boat. The bottlenose dolphins of the morning were the most shy dolphins today as they had anew born in the group. In the afternoon we met another group more active with the boats. And also both Cory's shearwater and great shearwaters were around feeding with the dolphins.

Photos from today:

Playful bottlenose dolphin

Common dolphin


Bottlenose dolphins

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A whaley morning and a dolphin afternoon

In the morning we traveled far to meet a family of sperm whales, and we got to see several family members including a newborn baby. On the way to the whales we also encountered bottlenose dolphins. In the afternoon we started with common dolphin that also had new born babies, even if we are starting reach autumn and winter. We also encountered our famous Bubblemaker group with his friend "Lady". Sometimes we see this group together and sometimes in two subgroups that we call by two individuals that stands out, "Lady" and "Bubblemaker". We also saw Cory's, great and Manx shearwaters, a northern gannet and other marine birds.

Photos from today:

A young sperm whale surfacing with its head high out of the water

Loggerhead turtle

Watching a turtle

Bottlenose dolphins

Common dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sperm whales are still around

Today the sperm whales were around again. Maybe it was the same group we saw yesterday, it's difficult to say as we didn't get to see any tails today (the part of the whale we mostly use to identify the individual). Even though they didn't show their tails, we did have a lovely encounter and with adult female and calf. It's nice to see that there are still some young ones around and this one was still quite small. From our catamaran we also encountered a playful group of common dolphins and our smaller boat also saw a small group of Atlantic spotted dolphins and even a few Risso's dolphins.

Photos from today:

Adult sperm whale

Sperm whale calf coming up alongside the adult

Common dolphin

Monday, October 19, 2015

A whale day

After some time on land it was great to return to the ocean today and have a "whale day". Out in the deep water south of São Miguel island we encountered a group of sperm whales, the resident whale species in the Azores. There were several whales around, in total we encountered 5 from our catamaran and spotted another blow as we were leaving the last 2. At one time we had 3 whales at the surface together. Later from the catamaran we encountered a fantastic group of about 80-100 Atlantic spotted dolphins, while from our small boat they saw common dolphins and Risso's dolphins

Photos from this morning:

3 sperm whales at the surface together

Our small boat with the sperm whales

Preparing to dive

The tail

Atlantic spotted dolphins wave surfing together

Atlantic spotted dolphin - a juvenile following an adult

A curious common tern
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