Hello cetacean friends,

We started the morning with a grey sky and some rain. No worries, the weather didn’t scare us. Everybody was so excited to go out. After 15 minutes we got green light from our lookouts. They spotted some animals and the weather conditions were safe to go out.

First we encountered Common Dolphins (Delphinis delphis). They were very spread up and travelling fast. It was difficult to keep up with them.

We were also travelling, until suddenly one of the guests screamed that he saw a big fin! Good point, we just passed a small pod of Risso’s Dolphins (Grampus griseus). These heavily scarred dolphins do have a conspicuously erect fin. We saw immediatly the scratches on the pale body, so we could recognize the species very quickly!


Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) showing its typical scars


After this we cruised some miles further away to meet a Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus). Most likely a female. She went diving pretty soon, so we could enjoy her beautiful fluke. As if this was not enough, our amazing skipper Nuno spotted further away an other blow! Again a female Sperm Whale with a juvenile swimming right next to her. When they also went diving we decided to head back closer to coast.



On our way back we encountered again Common Dolphins (Delphinis delphis). This time they were feeding, so they were highly active.

In the afternoon tour our whale watchers saw again the Sperm Whales. They got also surprised by big groups of Striped Dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba).



See ya on our next adventure!

Jessie Ocket

About Jessie Ocket

Jessie has a strong passion for the ocean and wildlife. Joined the TERRA AZUL team as Volunteer Marine Wildlife Guide in 2019, enjoying out at sea with wildlife, accompanying and informing visitors, and collecting field imagery and data for local Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Research & Conservation projects.

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