Friday, June 29, 2018

Dolphin day in São Miguel Island

Our first sighting of the day was a calm group of pilot whales!

Then we found an active group of spotted dolphins, full of young animals quite small; and just after some big bottlenose dolphins. Spotted dolphins were very active. Probably next year we will have baby dolphins around! ;)

Photos by Laura Gonzalez

Spotted dolphins

Pilot whale

Bottlenose dolphins

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Three types of sightings in São Miguel Island and 6 different species in Pico Island

This morning we saw the three types of sightings that we can have here, in the Azores.

Our zodiac boat was with a migratory species, sei whales; both boats could see sperm whales, our resident species,  and then we shared a wonderful moment with our seasonal species Atlantic spotted dolphins

Then in the afternoon, we were with a different species from the morning, Bottlenose dolphin one of our resident dolphins, moreover we saw again sperm whale. 

Catamaran Cetus

Sperm whale

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphin jumping out of the water 

Biologist Cristina Barnabéu explains about the migratory species

Bottlenose dolphins

Zodiac boat 

On Pico Island, what a wonderful day! 
We encountered a total of 6 different species! 
We saw Risso’s dolphins, Sowerby's beaked whales, a Sei whale, Pilot whales, Atlantic spotted dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins. It was a fantastic day, full of marine life. 

Sei Whale

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A big tail of a Sperm whale and very active dolphins

Today in Pico Island was a windy day but despite that we saw a wonderful tail of a male Sperm whale! In the same tour, in the morning, we also saw two speedy Sei whales.

Sperm whale tail

Sperm whale tail

Sei whale

In São Miguel Island, we had a rather cloudy day but we got to see Sperm whales and Bottlenose dolphins. 

The Sperm whales though a bit more shy! The Bottlenose dolphins also gave us a memorable trip!

Bottlenose dolphin

Sperm whale head

Bottlenose dolphins jump out of the water

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sperm whales, Bottlenose and Striped dolphins and a special encountered with a whale shark!

In Pico Island, today we went out to the ocean for swimming with dolphins. During the trip, we saw three Sperm whales. Then we continued and we encountered Bottlenose dolphins to swim with them.

When we returned, we saw very speedy Striped dolphins and another very special species. We encountered one Whale shark and we had the chance to catch this moment on camera by one of our guests!  Whale sharks are the biggest sharks and they can reach up to 13 meters. This is a rare encounter for us and that is why we want to share this special sighting with you. Check the footage on our Facebook Page

Photos by Rui Santos and David Rodrigues 

Sperm whale tail

Striped dolphins jumping out of the water 

Bottlenose dolphin

In São Miguel Island we saw Bottlenose and Striped dolphins too. 

This morning we observed the difference between the big Bottlenose Dolphins and the agile and fast Striped Dolphins.

Whale watching aboard Catamaran Cetus

They let the sea appearing to be boiling water, as they showed us their typical behavior of “flying” over the water to reach high speeds with less friction in the air than under water.  

That’s how they prefer to move also without boats around. 

Bottlenose dolphin jump out of the water 

Biologist Carine Zimmermann presentation info about dolphins 

Bottlenose dolphin bubbles 

Bottlenose dolphin 

Watching Striped dolphins

Striped dolphins jumping in the Ocean 

Biologist Cristina Bernabéu presentation info about dolphins 

On the second tour we found a Sei Whale which also demonstrated that they can swim fast and doing so he let us see more of its dark body and most of its head even part of the lower jaw. Later we met again the acrobatic and playful Bottlenose Dolphins putting on a show for us.

Sei whale

Sei whale

Sei whale

Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer is here to stay and the Sperm whales continue to amaze us

The sun was shining in São Miguel Island today and Captain Mário was getting his passengers excited for this beautiful trip on board at Cetus!

Captain Mário - Catamaran

Guests aboard our Catamaran

Guests aboard our Catamaran

Guests aboard our Catamaran

Today we had another amazing summer day in São Miguel - perfect for whale and dolphin watching as well as swimming with dolphins in the big blue ocean. 

For the dolphin swimmers, we had a nice group of bottlenose dolphins in the morning close to Ponta Delgada, and common dolphins in the afternoon. 

Common dolphin jumping

 Common dolphins

For the whale and dolphin watchers, we had a group of sperm whales to show throughout the day. In the morning we encountered four of them together at the surface (3 adults and a juvenile) and in the afternoon we counted at least 7 sperm whales together, socializing at the surface (plus a few more distant blows in the area). We also encountered dolphins from our whale and dolphin watching tours - Atlantic spotted dolphins in the morning and a group of common dolphins with many newborn babies in the afternoon just before arriving back in the afternoon.

 Common dolphin

 Sperm whales

Sperm whales

Sperm whales

Sperm whale

Common dolphins

Atlantic Spotted dolphin

Atlantic Spotted dolphin
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