Thursday, November 29, 2018

A day with Sperm whale "Mr Liable"

Today we had a great day! 
In the morning, despite some waves, we were able to see Mr. Liable, our resident male sperm whale! It's always good to be able to enjoy it with his impressive tail! 

In the afternoon, some of our staff decided to go try the hydrophone, so try to find Mr. Liable or other sperm whales again. And we did it!! Mr. Libale is very communicative, and we could hear him perfectly on the hydrophone. 

On the way back, we still saw a bottlenose dolphin alone, with a wound under one of the pectoral fins. We hope Mr. Liable stays here at least until Christmas!

Photos by David Rodrigues 





Our biologist Mariana Silva aboard our Catamaran Cetus



Mr Liable tail 


Mr Liable diving


Listening Mr Liable underwater


Listening Mr Liable underwater II


Waiting for Mr Liable 


All trying to get a great shot from Mr Liable sperm whale 


Don't let a wave surprise you!


Photos by Laura González


Mr Liable blowing


Mr Liable sperm whale in the afternoon


Bottlenose dolphin injured


Bottlenose dolphin injured


Using hydrophone


Using hydrophone



Using hydrophone



Sunday, November 25, 2018

Common dolphins on a not so wintry day

Today we had a beautiful Sunday morning! Early in our trip, we were able to see a group of very active common dolphins but making a lot of dives to bring the fish more to the surface, with seagulls flying all around. After leaving the area, we moved to the Água d'Alto to see another group of common dolphins this time a much larger group.

Before the return, we passed by the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo and we got to enjoy it from a very close sight.



Saturday, November 24, 2018

Helping a better cause - Waste management in São Miguel Island

This week we are having the European Week for Waste Reduction and to emphasize this initiative our team of nature lovers went collecting garbage from two hike trails in São Miguel Island: Ribeira Funda and Praia da Viola

We gathered a big amount of waste but the two locations had very different types of garbage. 

In Ribeira Funda, we found a lot of agricultural residues such as bags of fertilizers, bags from cow food and others. 

In Praia da Viola trail we found completely random waste residues such as flip-flops, water bottles, ropes, shopping bags, etc... 

It is our responsibility to help developing better tourism practices and little by little, we can all make a big difference in waste management and the sustainability of our planet. 


Collecting garbage


Collecting garbage


Collecting garbage


Happy to help collecting garbage


Collecting garbage


Collecting garbage


Happy to help cleaning the trails! 


Happy to help cleaning the trails! 


Collecting garbage



Collecting garbage


Collecting a tire







Our team at the end of the day


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Today was a common dolphin day!


Despite the cold, we had a beautiful sunny day today! Early in our trip, we were able to see a group of very active common dolphins. After leaving the area, we traveled to Ponta Garça and we saw another group of common dolphins, but this time they were calm. Today was a common dolphin day!

Photos by David Rodrigues


Vila Franca Islet View


Marina of Ponta Delgada


Common dolphins surface


Common dolphins


Common dolphin surface waves 


Common dolphin jump


Common dolphins bubbles 


Common dolphins 



Our biologist Miranda van der Linde

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Today we had a group of common dolphins in São Miguel Island

Today was not sunny as yesterday. Our morning started cold and with some raindrops. After traveling a while our lookout spotted a group of common dolphins.


It was a small group but they were very curious with us, doing bowriding and jumping. After all with was a good morning in the company of them.


Photos David Rodrigues 











Photo by Rafael Martins



Monday, November 19, 2018

Another day with Risso's dolphins

Today we had a calm sunny day. 
The sea, with an intense blue, welcomed us and the sun kept us warm. 
It didn't take too long to find a group of Risso's dolphins that we could enjoy for a long time. 
They stayed close to us and we were able to take some great photos. We kept on searching following the indications of our vigia but were not lucky to find any other species. On the way back we could enjoy a unique spot, the islet of Vila Franca.


Photos by Rafael Martins 












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