False Killer Whales and Sperm Whales!

What an amazing morning!

We sighted 3 different Species – Sperm Whales, False Killer Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins.

Sperm Whales are the Resident Species of Whale here in the Azores, and today we saw a big big group! About 10 or 12 Sperm Whales spread more or less around the same area a few miles in front of Ponta Garça, where Filipe’s lookout is.

Physeter macrocephalus/Sperm Whale

Physeter macrocephalus/Sperm Whale

Did you know that this is the biggest toothed animal in the world? Their teeth can wight about 1 kg each! And they only have teeth in the lower jaw.

Also on this tour we sighted the magnificent False Killer Whales. A huge group of more than 30 animals.

Pseudorca crassidens/False Killer Whale

Pseudorca crassidens/False Killer Whale

It was the first sight on this species of the 2016 season for us! We were very excited with a huge smile on our faces! 🙂

Specially when they started to bow ride TERRAZUL II!

Pseudorca crassidens/False Killer Whale

Pseudorca crassidens/False Killer Whale

They can reach 4 to 6 meters in length. More or less half the size of the boat! 🙂

Stay tuned for more updates on our tours!

Pseudorca crassidens/False Killer Whale

Pseudorca crassidens/False Killer Whale

Stephanie Almeida

About Stephanie Almeida

Stephanie is Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2013 and Operations Assistant since 2017. Contributed for several years on Data collection for MONICET – The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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