A pod of Sowerby’s Beaked Whales (Mesoplodon bidens) travels next to Terra Azul boat. Five individuals are visible at the surface, including a young one. Picture credit: Paulina Kalita.
Ola’ beautiful Ocean people!
Another month has come to its end in São Miguel Island and it is time for our monthly report of cetacean sightings!
Despite some unusual weather instability, we managed to get out at sea almost every day and see plenty of sea life. Also this month, Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) were the most sighted, followed by a migratory species that visit our islands in summer: Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis).
In August we have had also a quite high number of Beaked Whales sightings (fourteen!) and we could identify four of the six species that can be seen in the Azores Archipelago: Sowerby’s (Mesoplodon bidens), Blainville’s (Mesoplodon densirostris), Cuvier’s (Ziphius cavirostris) and Northern Bottlenose Whales (Hyperodon ampullatus).
The past month our guest and crew could also encounter a couple of unexpected Sei Whales (Balaenoptera borealis) and a large group of Pilot Whales (Globicephala spp.).
Finally, we had the chance to encounter several species of ‘resident’ and ‘offshore’ Delphinids: Common (Delphinus delphis), Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus), Risso’s (Grampus griseus) and Striped Dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba).
Autumn is about to arrive in Azores and we look forward to seeing what species will bring in our waters! 🙂