Have you seen that blue line!?!?!?! It means EIGHTY-FOUR sightings of Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in a month…Not too far from a ideal maximum of 93 sightings in a month of 31 days with 3 trips per day! Only a few days of bad weather prevented us to do better, but still, July 2019 was a month to remember!!!
Ola’ whale-watchers, and welcome to another monthly sighting report.
What to say, the sighting board talks by itself! Sperm Whales dominated the scene since the beginning to the end of the month! Large bulls looking for mating opportunities, matriarchal pods socializing and whales going ballistic with huge breaches were some of the highlights. I have to admit that we risked to get really spoiled! 😉
The past month we had the chance to observe TWELVE cetacean species, including a rarely sighted Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), some Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), and Sei Whales (Balaenoptera borealis)! It seems that some baleen whales are a bit late on their migratory route 😉
Delphinidae species were also sighted in large numbers, Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) were the most frequently encountered, followed by an off-shore species that sometimes is observed together with them, the Striped Dolphins (Stenella Coeruleoalba). Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Risso’s Dophins (Grampus griseus), Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis), and Pilot Whales (Globicephala spp.) completed the picture.
Finally, we had several sightings of our most cryptic species: Beaked Whales! Most of the time they were identified as Blainville’s Beaked Whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) but also Sowerby’s Beaked Whales (Mesoplodon bidens) were encountered. Stay tuned for a coming post about these amazing deep diving cetaceans!