Fluking sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) ready to go deepdiving


Hello my dearest Whale & Dolphin community 🙂

Today our lookouts had a hard job, with heavy cloud cover in both the east and west of the island, which seemed to be closing in. With their trained eyes, however, they managed to spot a group of Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) for us.

At the beginning we saw a female sperm whale who was apparently alone on her way. The hydrophone, however, soon made it clear that she must have some underwater companions. Not a few minutes later we could see several blows of another individual at some distance.  Both whales were relaxed and after some happy moments of observation the mammals decided it was time for a meal in the deep ocean.

The tour continued west where two more Sperm Whales were on the surface to breathe. Before they left for deepdiving, we were delighted with the wonderful sight of their fins.



Afterwards we came across a group of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) which seemed to be relaxed. They were slowly migrating south.

From our position you could see that it was raining on land – but we stayed dry…So: good choice to get on the boat!! 😉

On our afternoon tour we also saw Sperm Whales, a group of Striped Dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) and some Risso´s Dolphins (Grampus griseus) passing by.


Catarina Eirich

About Catarina Eirich

Catarina is Master of Engineering Ecology at TUM, with focus on Aquatic Biology. She has a strong passion for the ocean and marine ecosystem. 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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