Rainblow of a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

There is no denying that any day out on our ocean is amazing. Something about today made it extra special.

Wait for it… 🙂

We started our morning tour with a friendly encounter of a juvenile Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) popping out of the water with the tip of its head to say hi. Some blows further away showed us the other members of the group were around too. They were slowly travelling to the west, giving us the chance to enjoy big parts of the body.

 

Sperm Whale blowhole (Physeter macrocephalus)

 

A few minutes later we got a call from our lookout Nicole. She spotted a huge blow a couple of miles further to the east. When arrived we immediatly distinguished the bushy blow…

A HUMPBACK WHALE!

What a surprise! In the Azores it is possible to observe Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) between April and June. They make the longest mammal migrations (up to 16.000 km’s). You can imagine how amazed we were to encounter this majestic whale today. It was a juvenile that must have lost track. The whale didn’t seem to be bored. Travelling to the west this giant got accompanied by some curious dolphins. Common (Delphinis delphis) and Striped Dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) decided to interact with each other and the whale. They were gently moving all together to the same direction. The Humpback Whale raised its fluke at least 10 times near our boat, giving our guests probably one of the most amazing whale watch experiences ever!

Ooh I love nature! 🙂

 

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Jessie Ocket

About Jessie Ocket

Jessie has a strong passion for the ocean and wildlife. Joined the TERRA AZUL team as Volunteer Marine Wildlife Guide in 2019, enjoying out at sea with wildlife, accompanying and informing visitors, and collecting field imagery and data for local Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Research & Conservation projects.

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