We found whales in the fog and rain!


We went to the sea with a big group today. 27 people on full speed in search of life! And we found it again.

First there was a small group of Common dolphins feeding and diving around the boat, but we let them alone after a while so they could focus on their feeding.

Then our lookout Filipe was noticing some blows VERY far away, about 10 miles (1 mile = 1.6 KM so you can do the maths…) The problem was that the visibility was not good and by the time we would reach the area, we were expecting the Sperm whales to be long gone on their deep dives. But, we try! When we arrived after a cold and cloudy trip, we were at the exact spot were Filipe saw the whales the last time. We stopped, and he communicated to Tiago, the skipper, that it was going to be difficult because he lost complete visibility in the thick fog.

Before he could finish his sentence, Tiago saw movement in his eye corner and screamed “WHALE, RIGHT SIDE”.



Well, that was sooner than expected! We were incredibly lucky that Misses whale decided to come up in the exact spot where we were waiting. It was so foggy that she had the same colour as the grey water and clouds, so it was one opportunity only, and we found her 🙂

After a few minutes a small calf came up right next to her. Turns out she was with her baby, and they went on several short dives so she could feed her milk.
Later on, even a third adult whale appeared a bit further out, so we were in a Whale Zone of at least 3 whales. Before we left, the whales finally dove deep, waving “bye bye” with their tails.



On the way back to the island we saw many Common dolphins again along the way. They were everywhere today! We had the chance to see them a bit better, as one group was really active and curious to surf in front of our boat.

Join us for a next tour, in this time of the year anything can happen species-wise. And don’t forget your scarf and big jacket because it is super cold out there 🙂



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.

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