Finally, an atomic dawn with not a single cloud in the sky woke us up in São Miguel! That’s what Summer tastes like 😉

If that was not enough, winds dropped completely and, finally, a flat Ocean was waiting for us and our guests! Sea conditions generally helps and today we literally stumbled across cetacean species, one after another. Moreover, a flat base always helps when someone is keen to perform…have a listen to this crazy chorus of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) recorded today by our guide Vanessa!

 

 

What drives these dolphins to vocalize straight into our hydrophones is a mystery. Indeed, they are extremely curious about this cable in the water and we like to think that they can even hear themselves in our speakers 😀 😀 😀

The waters South of São Miguel were filled with fins this morning and another three species of dolphins were sighted: Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis), Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), and Risso’s Dolphins (Grampus griseus) completed the parade.

Flat days like this are also ideal to spot quite elusive animals such as the masters of deep diving: Beaked Whales. Today’s sighting was quite brief and we have no certainty of the species but for sure was a member of Mesoplodon genus.

Finally, Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) appeared in multiple groups to the Far East of the island to put up a show socializing and producing their amazing codas!

 

 

Let’s hope this summer spell will last as long as possible! 🙂

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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