Solitary sperm whale

Today we travelled a long way. We had lots of waves and it was quite an adventure. After all the way to Ponta Delgada we had to wait for a few minutes, and then we saw him! A solitary sperm whale.

 

Sperm whale with the island getting covered by the clouds in the background

 

The sperm whale was a male. Try to imagine that big male sperm whales can fit a little car inside of their heads! They have a huge body with just relatively short flippers.

 

Sperm whale. Source: http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/wildlife/whales/sperm_whale.php

 

This whale was foraging. When he came up he already dove for approximately 45 minutes. He was at the surface for a really short time before he went diving again. He made a deep dive which means he showed us his tail!

 

 

This tour is certainly classified as an adventurous one! The waves didn’t allow us to drive at a high speed but the waves did make it interesting ? Because of this we arrived late at the marina, so if you are planning a tour with us, don’t make important plans afterwards like catching your flight!

Joyce Mulder

About Joyce Mulder

Joyce is Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2017. From the Netherlands, she is now completing her studies in Coastal and Marine Management. Everyday she educates Humans, and collects data during every tour for MONICET - The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation Project.

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