Weather in the Azores can be quite unpredictable but what we experienced in the last days is even beyond this definition! After some super hot days of Summer, we woke up with quite cold Northern winds, outstanding visibility to the South, rain spells travelling across land and a few words, it looked like one of those beautiful Winter days!

And also the species that we encountered matched this atmosphere: All our 4 “resident” species were out there on the Atlantic Ocean today, together with Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) that are going to be around for another few months. Our first sighting was a group of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), slowly travelling just outside of Vila Franca Marina.

After that we had to cruise several miles out to find a matriarchal pod of Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus). A large female of the group went for a deep dive just in front of us and we could listen to her clicks while hunting squids.


Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) logging at the surface just outside of Povoação village.


Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) calf head rising.


In the afternoon, we also spotted some Risso’s Dolphins (Grampus griseus) and Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis).


Great Shearwater (Ardenna gravis).


Finally, it is worth to mention that we spotted our first Great Shearwater (Ardenna gravis) of the year. These birds are not nesting here in the Azores but they are on the way to their breeding sites in the South Atlantic. Another sign that Summer is almost over 😉

Lorenzo Fiori

About Lorenzo Fiori

Lorenzo is Main Guide and Technical & Scientific Director at TERRA AZUL. He is originally from Italy, holds a PhD about behavioral responses of humpback whales to swim-with-whales tourism activities in Tonga.

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