Thursday, July 12, 2018

June 2018 Sighting and statistics in São Miguel Island

The month of June was a great one for whale and dolphin watching in the Azores. 

During this month we had a 100% success rate of seeing whales and/or dolphins during all our tours, and we registered a total of 11 different species encountered off São Miguel Island. 

At this time of the year we are seeing groups of sperm whales during many of our tours, and we still have some baleen whales (mostly sei whales but also some fin whales, blue whales and even a minke whale) migrating through, so this is a great time of the year to see a variety of whale species. 

Our most encountered dolphin species was the bottlenose dolphin and we also welcomed our first Atlantic spotted dolphins of the year. 

Other dolphin species encountered were common dolphins, Risso's dolphins, striped dolphins and pilot whales. 

During our tours we often encounter other types of marine life and this month's list includes many loggerhead turtles, a leatherback turtle, a manta ray and devil ray, Portuguese man-o-war and a lot of flying fish. 

This is also a great time of the year to see large flocks of seabirds, especially the Cory's shearwaters which often feed together with the dolphins. 

Now we are looking forward to continued great sightings and summer weather during the next month.

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