Balaenoptera physalus for us today, do you know which one that is?


What would be a tour without Fin whales these days? So of course, they were here again today! At least 2 large individuals were in our presence. 1 for each of our 2 boats that were out today 🙂 That was in particular great, so each whale had more space to move. In a perfect world we would always like it like that, so of course we try!


As the whales came really near to the boat we started to believe they had made a pact, but it seemed like they were just particularly curious today to circle around our boat all the time. After a good amount of time, we heard from FILIPE, our lookout, that a Humpback whale was jumping around a couple of times, so we had to go and try! Unfortunately by the time we reached the spot, the whale had calmed down and disappeared between the white caps of the ocean. But more was to come…


Portuguese man o’ war – Physalia physalis


Floating “Portuguese man o’war ” polyps are all round the coast these days! They are actually colonies of animals that duplicate from each other, leaving them with beautiful tiny structures and pink/ purple colors.

On the way back we luckily encountered a group of Common dolphins, that was made up of all ages, and splattered around for us for a while.



About Milou

Milou is Marine Biologist, and was Marine Wildlife Guide at TERRA AZUL from 2010 to 2019. She is from Holland, and is passionate about being out in the ocean with wildlife, informing visitors, and collecting field imagery and data for local Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Research & Conservation projects.