Fluke of the male Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) we spotted on our tour this morning. Photo credits by Marco Bertinelli.

The best thing one can do when it’s raining, is to let it rain… and to go out on our beautiful ocean and enjoy nature! 🙂

This morning the sky was completely covered with thick rain clouds. Our lookout had to move to the west, because this direction seemed to be the only one with visibility. Dressed in useful rain gear, off we went.

Rain, rain, rain… and a Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus). We had to drive our boat about 12 miles to the west to reach this marvelous giant. When arrived we noticed the size of the animal and realized immediatly we were dealing with a big male Sperm Whale, a solitairy bull. It’s very unlikely to be confused with any other species. After a few minutes we saw the whale rolling forward in a steep arch. Yep, this is the sign the animal is going to take a deep dive! Camera’s ready! Wooow, what an amazing thick tailstock rising from the surface, the fluke completely raised as the animal dives vertically. Bye bye Sperm Whale!

Moving back closer to shore we also encountered a big group of Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis). They were hunting on fish, taking high speed to prepare their fish bowl.


Group of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis)


Jessie Ocket

About Jessie Ocket

Jessie is a Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2019. She has a strong passion for the ocean, the marine ecosystem and the complex interactions between the species living in it. Totally ready to educate Humans and collect data for MONICET - The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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