Thursday, September 13, 2018

Beaked Whales in Sao Miguel and Sei whale in Pico

Another surprising day. This morning in Sao Miguel our boats spotted a group of common dolphins quite close to the unexpected oil platform passing in front of the south coast of Sao Miguel. Then we continued our tour looking for more, and suddenly we spotted a splash next to us, it was a Sowerby's beaked whale, so we stopped and we had a nice encounter with at least three individuals of this species that is really rare to see here. 

Then in the afternoon we were with a group of bottlenose dolphin very active and funny, jumping and showing up a lot.

Photos by David Rodrigues



Bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphin surfacing


Oil platform


Common dolphins



Swimming with common dolphins



Photos by Carine Zimmermann 



Sowerby's Beaked Whale


Sowerby's Beaked Whales with moving oil platform in the background



The highlight in Pico island today it was seeing a Sei whale jumping out of water.

We saw a total of 6 species during the day. We were with spotted and striped dolphins and sowerby's beaked whales

In the morning we also saw sperm whales showing the tail and the Sei whale jumping. In the afternoon we went swimming with spotted dolphins and still swam with risso's dolphins. What an amazing day!


Photos by Rui Santos 


Sei whale breaching


Spotted dolphin flying


Striped dolphin jumping 


Sei whale blowing


Sowerby's Beaked Whale


Sperm whale tail 


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