Today was another great day for us to see sperm whales, as well as dolphins, off São Miguel Island. It feels like we are still in the middle of summer, with really great weather and sea conditions for whale and dolphin watching, as well as fantastic sightings. In the morning there was one sperm whale for us to see, who was always staying near the surface, going on shallow dives and coming up occasionally to breathe. This whale wasn't staying up for long, but with some patience (which is essential when it comes to wildlife watching) we were able to have several glimpses of this whale. During our morning tour we could also enjoy the company of a large group of bottlenose dolphins that was spread out over a large area with many seabirds. These dolphins were probably looking for food, but again with some patience we got some nice looks at them. Those that were on the zodiac boat got to see Atlantic spotted dolphins instead of bottlenose dolphins.
In the afternoon we returned to the sea, but this time we went to another area where we had a group of sperm whales awaiting us. To get there we made more miles than usual - we went off the coast of Mosteiros! First, on the way there we saw a spread group of bottlenose dolphins with their calves and a spectacular. From our catamaran "Cetus" we also had time for a quick stop to see some playful common dolphins. Finally, when we arrived to the family of sperm whales we could see them socialising. We saw a show of tails and playing behaviours that are not normally sighted!
Photos from the morning:
Photos from the afternoon: