The three fin whales we have been observing in the past days are still around. They are showing up around the 1000m bathymetry off the south coast of São Miguel.

Fin whale sighings off São Miguel Island (


Azorean waters are used by baleen whales for resting and foraging before continuing their migration. We could say that the Azores are like motorway cafés 😀

This morning our lookout saw some jumps, and considering the whales were foraging when we got there, it could be these jumps were related with lunge feeding. This strategy, used by rorquals, consists in accelerating under water and engulfing huge amount of water and prey. Due to the high speed the whale’s movements may result in exposing the body out of the water.

A Fin whale surfacing and showing the large blowhole and the lighter coloration pattern (chevron) on its head


This morning we also saw few Risso’s dolphins close to the shore including a juvenile while socializing.

For the next days the weather forecast looks pretty bad, however since the Azorean weather is very changeable we cross our fingers for such a change 😛

Arianna Cecchetti

About Arianna Cecchetti

Arianna is a Marine Biologist and was Main Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2009, and Technical & Scientific Director until 2018. Originally from Italy, she sees herself more as a world citizen. Arianna deserves the very best, and we hope she can come back to share her passion for the sea with us again.

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