This morning there was a hot and sunny feeling hanging around the marina, with a calm sea waiting for us! Soon we went out far East to find a large male Sperm whale, but not before we made a quick stop for a small but dense group of Common dolphins that were just jumping around a bit. Though….we had to leave very soon to reach the whale in time! It was a bit hard because the Sperm whale was doing shallow dives all the time, so it was not a curious animal for us today, but nevertheless he showed its blowing head a couple of times for us. More about this large male Sperm whale below, because he was also seen in the afternoon.

Later on we found a huge group of about 80 Risso’s dolphins with many calves. Today they were particularly kind to show themselves time after time with large numbers together and also showing very well their heads.

The afternoon started sunny and perfect for Whale Watching! 🙂 The Risso’s dolphins agreed and a big group  – of about 20 adults and juveniles – allowed us to stay close to watch them play.



Risso’s dolphins in a flat sea


Most of the rest of the tour was spent playing hide-and-seek with the same male Sperm whale as the morning. However, he was very generous and came quite close to our boat a couple times 🙂


Big male Sperm whale


Sperm whale peeking out


To finish the day we had a big tight group of Common dolphins that we could see for a short bit.

Would you like to join us on our next adventure? 🙂

Catarina Fonseca

About Catarina Fonseca

Catarina is Marine Biologist and was Main Guide and Technical & Scientific Director at TERRA AZUL from 2014 to 2017. She is dedicated, knowledgeable and a passionate friend to animals and humans. We hope she can come back soon to wildlife experiences with us. , and everyday works on ensuring the highest educational and conservation standards during spractice. She also contributes collecting Data collection for MONICET – The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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