Hey there,

Today was a beautiful day with a flat and deep colored Sea. As it is already October, the wind is starting to make our travels a bit chillier. But no worries, the sun is still there transforming the Island into a Winterland Paradise.

Curious as always, we were looking to observe some wild animals in their habitat. Well, as Aristotle once said: ” Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet “. And today’s fruit was very sweet.

We had quit a long trip towards the “Whale Zone” but our patience got rewarded by amazing sightings. As we were still following the indications of the vigia (lookout) to navigate in the right direction, a breaching animal appeared at a distance as if he wanted to help us on our search. Even from afar, it is always exciting to see such a big animal as the Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) propulsing its body weight to breach out of the water and fall with a big splash back into the Atlantic Ocean. We also saw some juveniles and calves playfully interacting together. Finally, we even got a nice look at two adult females raising up their flukes in search for some deep-water cephalopods.


Two Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) calves playing together

Dolphins and birds were also saying hey in bigger numbers during this trip.

We encountered a pod of jumpy and curious Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) looking adorable next to us and surfing the wake of the boat.

Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) swimming next to us


And finally, you might already know that in October the little Cory’s Shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) are going to fledge their nests and adventure themselves for their very first flight. Sadly, some of them get confused with the bright city lights and will reach land instead of going towards the ocean. There, they might hit some obstacles and fall down. SOS Cagarros is a campaign made to rescue these lost and vulnerable birds and bring them back on the ocean so that they can start their birdy lives on the Atlantic Waters.


Rescued Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris borealis) deposited on the ocean for its first flight

See you soon for some news about the Azorean biodiversity.

Aurora Crucianelli

About Aurora Crucianelli

Aurora Crucianelli is an Environmental Biologist with a Master’s degree in Oceanography. She loves the sea and likes to scuba dive during her spare time. She also worked as a science teacher and enjoys educating people and share her passion for the ocean and wildlife.

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