Whales and dolphins at the end of the rainbow!

It was such a calm and pleasant day today! Not much is going on in our marina at the moment, as winter is preparing to come, the sea was calm today and there was barely and wind, but we had 8 people ready to go out with us this morning!

We left the marina with a big rainbow, and at the end of the rainbow was a big group of Common dolphins happily surfacing around. It was a beautiful sight as they look kind of like a rainbow themselves, having 4 colours 😉


Common dolphin showing its own rainbow pattern!


After staying for about 1 hour with this group of more or less 100, we went very far out to find a Sei whale! At least, it was most likely a Sei whale but it could have been a Bryde’s whale as well. In this case the whale did not surface very close to our boat so it was not easy to determine between the two, but most indications were leading us to the Sei whale! Including dorsal fin, blow formation and diving periods.


Baleen whale surfacing.


Hopefully the weather stays on our side and are we able to continue going out this week 🙂


A rainbow sky over Vila Franca do Campo and the islet this morning.


About Milou

Milou is a Dutch Marine Biologist and Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2010, and everyday works on Data collection for MONICET – The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project. You can speak English, Dutch, Portuguese and German with her.

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