A Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) surfaces in front of Terra Azul boat.


Today wind was blowing strong over São Miguel island and white-caps made our search for whales and dolphins more complicated.

But there are some blows that raise well over the sprays of water and after a long roller coaster ride there we were, “face-to-face” with two adult Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus) slowly swimming together!


The two adult Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus) socializing next to Terra Azul boat.


On the long way back to shore, we had also the chance to encounter a couple of groups of  Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis). One was actively feeding on a school of small needle fish, as you can see from the picture below!


Needle fish trying to escape Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) closing in to feed.


It is always worth to withstand some waves here in Azores!

Lorenzo Fiori

About Lorenzo Fiori

Lorenzo is Main Guide and Technical & Scientific Director at TERRA AZUL. He is originally from Italy, holds a PhD about behavioral responses of humpback whales to swim-with-whales tourism activities in Tonga.