The spring arrived and brought some good surprises. Today we saw three fin whales, known to pass by in Azorean waters just at this time of the year while migrating to higher latitudes.

We could see and hear their powerful blow while surfacing followed by a long dark back coming up and slowly slipping into the water again after showing their small dorsal fin.


The three individual fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) can be distinguished by their different dorsal fins, in terms of shape and presence of marks on the edges. One of them had one notch at the base of the trailing edge and another one a small nick on on the upper part of the trailing edge


One of our client who couldn’t join the tour at sea being pregnant, could enjoy these great whales from land at the lookout. Different perspective same excitement! 😀

During our tour we also saw common dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and loggerhead turtles. What more could we ask for?!

A Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) surfacing

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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