Special surprise while Swimming with Dolphins!!!

Today started with a very special tour… We only had a Swimming with Dolphins tour this morning and so we expected to see a friendly group of bottlenose, common or spotted dolphins that we could swim with. Indeed, our lookout Filipe found a big group of bottlenose dolphins calmly travelling very close together. Perfect for swimming!

However, a few minutes later we heard Filipe saying through the radio “I have a whale!!! Not a sperm whale, a baleen whale!!!” and he had out attention there! Because we were waiting for the  dolphins to reach an area where the sea was a bit calmer, we went to see the whale and to our surprise it was a BLUE WHALE!!! 😀

This season we had a total of 7 sighting of blue whales, all of them in April and May, and our last whale sighting was in July. Baleen whales, like the blue whales, are migratory and pass by the Azores during the Spring months. In the Summer we don’t see them a lot because they should already be in their main feeding grounds in the cold Arctic waters.

After this unexpected visitor we met the bottlenose dolphins again, that were now in a calmer area, and had a lovely swim with them 🙂

It’s amazing how Nature always manages to surprise us! 😀

Keep tuned for more news of our tours!! 🙂

Note: The picture above is not from today as we didn’t have our cameras

Catarina Fonseca

About Catarina Fonseca

Catarina is Marine Biologist and was Main Guide and Technical & Scientific Director at TERRA AZUL from 2014 to 2017. She is dedicated, knowledgeable and a passionate friend to animals and humans. We hope she can come back soon to wildlife experiences with us. , and everyday works on ensuring the highest educational and conservation standards during spractice. She also contributes collecting Data collection for MONICET – The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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