It couldn’t have been other way: very good sea state conditions, sun shining, sociable dolphins and super relaxed whales 😀

We spotted the same group of common dolphins twice, and in both occasions they were socializing. Adults, juveniles and calves were interacting and vocalising a lot as we could hear from the hydrophone. While we were enjoying the dolphins, Filipe spotted some blows further in distance and there we went, a total of 6 individuals were hanging around, including a mother and calf pair. Also the sperm whales were vocalising, likely keeping in touch one another as they were spread out. The visibility was really good today, we could even see Santa Maria island at the horizon, so it is not that strange that Filipe spotted these whales at 14 miles from the coast!

Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

Sperm whale on swell (Physeter macrocephalus)


Today it felt summer time, that’s the weather here in the Azores, sometimes in winter it can get positively surprising 🙂






Arianna Cecchetti

About Arianna Cecchetti

Arianna is a Marine Biologist and Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2009. Originally from Italy, she sees herself more as a world citizen. After a four years break for a Postgraduate course in the Azores Islands, she's back to enjoy guiding and collecting data for MONICET – The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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