Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) leaping out the water.

Hello whale watchers,

This morning we started with the sun and two boats of exciting people. Heading to the west, the sky changed colour from blue to grey. Soon we had to face the rain. No worries, it was worth the shower because after a couple of minutes we encountered our first dolphins.

Hundreds of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) were travelling in a ‘superpod’ through slate-gray waters off São Miguel.


Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) travelling under a grey sky


It’s very special to see all these amazing animals together in this magical moment often hidden away from human observation. For the dolphins it was probably just another thursday 🙂

They were in several pods and numbered about a thousand. We got to see a great show when the huge group of dolphins started travelling together at speed, all leaping out of the water.

Soon they will leave Azores and go back southwards in the Atlantic ocean.

In the afternoon tour we were lucky to see three other dolphin species: the Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis).


Striped Dolphin mother with her calf (Stenella coeruleoalba)

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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