Monday, July 23, 2018

A rare encounter in Pico Island and a special encounter with "Egipcian" dolphin in São Miguel

Today in Pico Island we had a rare encounter. 
We saw a Kogia species. It was not possible to distinguish which of the two species of the Kogia we saw, but the pygmy sperm whale or Dwarf sperm whale are extremely rare to be seen.

Photos by Rui Santos 


Then we continue our tour and we also saw three different groups of spotted dolphins, two groups of pilot whales, one of them with a calf, and we also encountered some Sowerby’s beaked whales, and before we come back we also saw a group of Risso's dolphins.

Pilot whales

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Sowerby’s beaked whales

Risso's dolphin

In São Miguel Island, it was a beautiful summer day with dolphins! 

Three different species: common dolphins, Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. This last species... with our well known "Egipcian"! We know this dolphin for some years now... and it is sighted with its group regularly around the island :) 

It is possible to recognize the individuals because of the shape of the dorsal fin; it works like a fingerprint for us! We call them “Egipcian” because their dorsal fin that seems like an Egyptian pyramid.

Nice to see them again!

Photos by Laura González

Atlantic spotted dolphin 

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Common dolphins

Photos by Carine Zimmermann

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin adult from the afternoon tour 

Atlantic Spotted Dolphins; mother and calf from the afternoon tour

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