From the 8th to 21st of June we sighted 10 different species of Cetaceans!

 

Three Species of Baleen Whales: Blue Whales, Fin Whales and Sei Whales;

Two Species of Toothed Whales: Sperm Whales and Beaked Whales;

Five Species of Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins , Striped Dolphins and Pilot Whales.

We have been having great sightings for the last 2 weeks. Baleen Whales are still around! Sei Whales to be more exact. We sighted them several times in diferente days.

Sei Whale/Balaenoptera borealis

Sei Whale/Balaenoptera borealis

These whales reach about 16 meters in length and can weigh up to 45 tons. Their body is long and sleek with a dark bluish-gray to black in color and lighter underneath.

One of their major characteristics is the tall, sickle-shape dorsal fin, which averages 55 cm in height.

The blowhole and dorsal fin can be seen simultaneously while breathing. Usually travels alone or in pods of up to six individuals.

Also known to swim very fast, up to 50 km/h!!!

They occur here in the Azores in between April and June.

Great moments with Sei Whales! Check out the video by Tiago Batista on our previous post!(https://www.azoreswhalewatch.com/terra-azul-azores/sei-whales/)

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Sperm Whales/Physeter macrocephalus

And as usual in summer, the groups of  female and calves Sperm Whales is what we sight the most.

So far the season is going great! With a lot of Cetaceans of different species, good weather, flat ocean and great people that choose TERRA AZUL for this experience of a lifetime.

Remember to stay tuned on our Logbook Expeditions for more news and uptades!

 

 

 

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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