Monday, April 30, 2018

Sperm whale day! The whale residents came to visit us!

Throughout the day we saw fin whales, the second largest animal in the world, that we are seeing more frequently in the baleen whale season. Also we could spot some common dolphins but the stars of our day were the Sperm whales! We could see a family of 5 adult individuals and 2 new-born calves! A big group of cory's shearwaters were also seen during our tours and an outsider bird specie the Eurasian collared dove. An amazing day in the company of our whale residents! 



In Pico Island we saw 3 fin whales and a hybrid between a blue and fin whale.


Fin whale head


Fin whale head


Looking at the fin whale in our species guide book


Sperm whale


Sperm whales


Sperm whales



Common dolphin


Cory's shearwater


Eurasian collared dove


Fin whale - Pico Island

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Baleen whales came to stay

Yet another awesome day! Baleen whales certainly came to stay We saw blue whales and Fin whales in all of our trips from today. In the morning we also saw common dolphins and in the afternoon we added to the menu the bottlenose dolphins that were feeding next to a giant group of cory's shearwaters!
Photos: Miranda van der Linde



Common dolphin & cory's shearwater


Blue whale


Blue whale


Blue whale


Blue whale



Great skua

Saturday, April 28, 2018

We are finding the whales easier every time

Whales continue getting closer and closer to São Miguel; some days ago, when we started enjoying this gorgeous animals were more tan 10 miles far away, and had to do really long trips; since yesterday they are closer and closer being at 10 minutes from the harbor.
Today’s tours were nature indeed being blue whales, fin whales, bottlenose and some common dolphins all around the same area all together even Cory’s shearwaters and seagulls were around. It is quite exciting to see bottlenose dolphins ‘bow-riding’ blue whales!
Photos by Rafael Martins


Blue whale


Fin whale


Bottlenose dolphin & Cory's shearwater


Blue whale

Friday, April 27, 2018

Blows of whales everywhere!


The south coast of S. Miguel is surrounded by whales. In the morning we started with the first and the second largest animal in the planet, the blue whale and the fin whale and if we look around we could see apouts ine every direction. We ended the first tour of the day with a group of bottlenose dolphins where we saw a very well known dolphin that we call Egípcio (Egyptian), that is a dolphin with dorsal fin with triangular shape.
In the afternoon tour we saw the same species but a few minutes later after we arrived to the blue whale, bottlenose dolphins showed up and started to swim around the whale and doing "bow-riding". Sometimes the whales can be annoyed by dolphins causing them to do a deeper dive ...but in the end we saw a big tail coming out of the water and going again to the depths of the oceans.



A bottlenose dolphin we call Egípcio


Blue whale blow


Blue whale dorsal


Blue whale near São Miguel Island


Blue whale tail


Bottlenose dolphin


Bottlenose dolphins


Fin whale blow


Fin whale dorsal


Fin whale surfacing


Our zodiac with bottlenose dolphins

Thursday, April 26, 2018

It was another fantastic day with the biggest animals in the world


Early in the morning we saw Blue and Fin whales
We remember you that the season of the baleen whales is until June. Mostly fin whales, blue whales and sei whales can begin appearing earlier or extend into the beginning of the summer months.
Today we also saw bottlenose dolphins with their friends seabirds, like yellow-leggedgulls, common terns and Cory’s shearwaters. They enjoyed the sea all together! What a wonderful day in the ocean.
In the afternoon we were able to see all these animals again and even common dolphins. It was a beautiful day, full of sunshine in São Miguel Island!
We feel lucky to have fun whales in all our tours during this week.

Photos by David Rodrigues


Fin Whale


Watching bottlenose dolphins


Blue Whale


Blue Whale


Blue Whale


Bottlenose dolphin


Blue Whale tail


Bottlenose dolphins


Blue Whale


Blue Whale


Bottlenose dolphin


Blue Whale



Blue Whale tail 



Common dolphin


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Giant whales day in the Azores


Today was amazing out on the ocean. We started with the biggest animal in the world - a majestic blue whale which we got to see very well. In the afternoon we had two very special encounters. One with a Minke Whale, it that happens very infrequently, and a humpback whale that was tail breaching and waving its pectoral fins out of the water. From our photos we could determine it was a whale we saw here last year and that was also seen off Iceland in 2016. We also encountered 3 fin whales in the afternoon and a group of at least 80 bottlenose dolphins throughout the day. The cherry on top today were the loggerhead turtles that we also encountered on this beautiful sunny day.

In Pico Island we saw four Blue whales and five fin Whale! Thanks Mother Earth 😊


Photos by Mariana Silva, Miranda van der Linde, David Rodrigues e Rui Santos


Blue whale



Fin Whale



Fin Whale



Fin whale blow


Minke whale




Minke whale



Humpback whale dorsal



Humpback whale pectoral fin (white) and tail tip (black)


Humpback whale tail breaching


Humpback whale pectoral fin waving


Humpback whale tail


Watching bottlenose dolphins


Loggerhead turtle


Whale Watching tour 


Watching common dolphins



Blue whale watching in Pico Island


Blue whale tail watching in Pico Island


Fin Whale watching in Pico Island 

Cory’s shearwater in Pico Island 

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