Ola’ whale (and bird!) watchers!

Also today we took advantage of a morning good weather window to get out of our Marina and guide our guests in the Atlantic Ocean 🙂

Several juvenile Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) were resting near shore and spent some time bow riding Terra Azul boat while the adults kept slowly travelling to the West.


A juvenile Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) chin slapping besides Terra Azul boat.


We then moved more offshore looking for other species and guess what we encountered…many Cory’s Shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) gliding over the waves and approaching land! This is the second sighting this year after a few days ago we spotted a large raft in front of Povoação, on the South-East side of the island. They are back from the Southern Atlantic and will be soon forming their colonies on the island. If you wish to learn more about these amazing birds and their life cycle, you can check our previous post HERE!

Finally, at our return, we found a unexpected welcome: a flock of twenty Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) was just outside Vila Franca Marina almost spectating at the boats coming in 😀


A flock of Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) “boat-watching” at the entrance of the marina of Vila Franca do Campo.

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.

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