Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A total of 8 species in Pico Island and a big family of sperm whales in São Miguel Island

What a wonderful day on Pico Island. We saw a total of 8 species, 6 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon. We started the morning in the best way: a female sperm whale teaching their calf about how to jump out of the water. It’s very awesome to see! 

Calf Sperm whale breaching

Female Sperm whale breaching

Then we had a group of Atlantic Spotted dolphins at the crystalline sea. Then we saw some pilot whales resting. We went to see something for the first time this year at Pico, “Botinhoso” or "Grampa" (name of the Azores). It is a Northern Bottlenose Whale. And we also saw Sowerby’s beaked whales and even before come back home we encountered a group of Common dolphins.

Pilot whale

Common dolphins

Northern bottlenose whales

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Risso's dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins

Sowerby’s beaked whale

In the afternoon we saw another two females of sperm whales. We also saw a group of pilot whales interacting with Bottlenose Dolphins, and the “Botinhoso” again and we still had a group of male Risso's dolphins.

Such a very good day, indeed!

In São Miguel, this morning was dedicated to some of our residents. We started with the friendly Common Dolphins bowriding.

Photos by David Rodrigues

Common dolphins

Common dolphins

A bit further out we found a big family of sperm whales gathering. Three subgroups about to join each other’s logging calmly at the surface with their calves. On the way back, we encountered Risso's Dolphins which often tend to stay in the distance but this time we saw them very well close up even interacting with some Common Dolphins.

A lot of Sperm Whales

Sperm whales

Sperm whales

Risso's dolphins

The afternoon we found a group of Striped dolphins displaying nicely their stripes as they were leaping a lot and passing close in front of our catamaran. Later we arrived in the area of the Sperm Whales again. This time they were spread and diving, so we saw some flukes. In the same area, we met also the Bottlenose Dolphins which were completing the last species of our residents. Other boats managed to see some Atlantic Spotted Dolphins and a Hammerhead Shark. So, another great day for Futurismo on the water.

Catamaran "Quatro Ventos"

Striped dolphins

Striped dolphins

Striped dolphins

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