Hello everyone,

Today we were lucky to encounter 5 different cetacean species!

In the morning tour we started with a family of 4 Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus). When we arrived the ‘whale zone’ the adult Sperm Whale went diving. The 3 juveniles remained at the surface. Suddenly one of them started to breach. What an astonishing moment! For the guests who were to late to take a picture of this spectacle, nothing to worry. The whale breached at least 9 more times! 🙂

 

Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus)

 

After this we moved on to two Sei Whales (Balaenoptera borealis). As these species are migratory, it’s always a surprise to encounter them in summer time. They appeared to be feeding or looking for food. They were calmly swimming and going for short dives.

 

Surfacing Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

 

The morning ended with a big pod of Common Dolphins (Delphinis delphis).

 

In the afternoon tours our guests were also lucky to encounter a travelling pod of Striped Dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), Sperm Whales with again one of them breaching (Physeter macrocephalus) and Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) interacting with Risso’s Dolphins (Grampus griseus).

 

Tight group of Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus)

Jessie Ocket

About Jessie Ocket

Jessie is a Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2019. Joined recently, for now she is in training and enjoying being out in the ocean with Wildlife accompanying our visitors. Soon she'll be ready to educate Humans and collect data for MONICET - The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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