Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sunny day with dolphins and sperm whales

Today we went out to the sea with the zodiac and it was a marvelous trip, with a calm sea surrounding us and the sun always shining and keeping us warm. 

After some time traveling westward, we met a numerous group of bottlenose dolphins spotted by our lookout. We saw them quite well and also had the opportunity to notice some juveniles which is not so common to see in this season of the year. 

After some time enjoying being with them, we started to try our hydrophone to search for echolocation sounds in the water and we happened to find a pod of common dolphins. These curious dolphins stayed the whole time really close to our boat so we got to see them really well! 

Last but not least, as we wanted to find some sperm whales, we continued trying to listen to them through the hydrophone. Finally, their sound was heard so we followed it and found 4 sperm whales together, 3 adults and one small calf with just some months of life.

It was a beautiful summer day in the middle of the winter!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dolphins day

Today was another cold, but sunny day. After getting out of the marina we spotted a group of common dolphins. They were very curious with us, approaching and playing around our boat. 

After spending some time with them, we travelled farther and used our hydrophone to try to listen to something else. Not having luck, we travelled East and spotted a small group of Risso's dolphins to end our trip well. The Risso’s dolphins were listed in the catalog of Futurismo and are individuals residing here around the island.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Today with sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins

Today was like summer in São Miguel and we spent this sunny day in the company of our resident sperm whales. We were really lucky to see at least 5 individuals, including a curious juvenile that approached our boat. 

On the way to the whales, we also encountered a nice group of about 50 bottlenose dolphins.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Dolphins showing off

After a few days of bad weather, we finally got the chance to go out to the sea! 
We were able to observe two of the four resident species in the Azores. The first sighting of the morning was bottlenose dolphins, a very numerous group that we sighted. 

A bottlenose dolphin near our boat

Today, we even got the chance to identify a new individual in this group, we named him Tyson, because he has a malformation in the beak. 

"Tyson", a bottlenose dolphin with a malformation

Then, we were able to observe a group of very active common dolphins. 

A common dolphin in the Atlantic Ocean

Throughout the morning, we were surrounded by traditional fishing vessels and groups of birds also fishing in the ocean, just like our dolphins who were adopting behaviours of predation. 

Also, we had the opportunity to observe a great skua flying above our heads.

A great skua passing by

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sperm whales again

This morning we encountered sperm whales again so it's looking to be a great start to the new year. This time we even got a tail, so it was well worth the ride out over the wavy ocean. We also encountered a couple of Risso's dolphins close to Ponta Delgada to complete our tour this morning.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Sperm Whales of 2019!

This morning we had the first whale watching tour and also the first whale encounters of 2019! We found a group of sperm whales, making it the best start to the year that we could have hoped for. 

The sperm whales we encountered today

In total we encountered 4 sperm whales, including two adults side by side and a smaller juvenile nearby. They were alternating being up and sinking just under the water's surface, but we got to see them well every time they were at the surface, as they were very calm. What a great start to what we hope will be another fantastic year of whale and dolphin watching in the Azores!

Sperm whales this morning in Sao Miguel
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