A reminder that only nature is in charge after all

By 16/02/2018Common Dolphins

When you read this post, see it positive! Remember that the beautiful thing about whale and dolphin watching is that all the animals are free to move when and whenever they want. So we are in-of-control of us trying, but out-of-control of their behaviors.

Today was a perfect example of this. We actually headed towards the wavy sea knowing that 3 baleen whales were around! When we arrived at this first “whale zone” we had to move around in all directions for more than an hour in search of the whales. Our lookout André was looking at them for all this time, and told us we were basically almost on top of the whales! But why couldn’t we see them? I will explain you why: no doubts that the whales were indeed there, but the white light conditions and waves were making it confusing for us to see. Also one of the whales was a baby so the blow must have been so small that we could not possibly identify it between the waves. We ended up seeing 2 far away blows but not the whales themselves.

Suddenly a little group of about 5 Common dolphins appeared and showed themselves to us for a couple of minutes while interacting with each other. Then we headed 4 miles out to a “Sperm whale zone” This time we were hopeful to see some whales because they are our more reliable species, meaning, they mostly come up at the same area where they last dove down. But…we cannot promise!

After another hour waiting and moving directions, the Sperm whales didn’t come up either. That was not expected, but it cantotally happen, that on one day so many whales are spotted but we just cannot get near them due their behavior or changing weather conditions!

Hence the title! “A reminder that only nature is in charge after all.”


And you know, tomorrow will be a complete different story. Natural activities are always best to enter without any expectations, so that everything you get is an extra! I hope those 5 beautiful Common dolphins today made your day 🙂


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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