Ola ola adventurers,

The ocean can be such a wonderfull place to be. Even more so when we have the chance to be at the right spot at the right moment. Thanks to our lookouts this happens more easily and we had the opportunity to watch amazing animals in their natural habitat.

Today we were able to compare the two parvorder of the cetaceans which are the baleen whales, also called Mysticetes and the toothed whales that are named Odontocetes.

We started with a beautifull view over two Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) calves socializing and playing around. Sperm Whales are the biggest Odontocetes of them all and even little calves do already look impressive and measure around 4 meters. As we wanted to continue the trip, a juvenile Sperm Whale appeared. In a location not to far from this one we also had the pleasure to meet again an already known adult female, actually the mother of one of the two calves.

Two Sperm Whales  / Physeter macrocephalus socializing (picture taken during yesterday’s trip)

 

We had a nice surprise as we encountered a Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera brydei) surfacing from time to time inbetween some shallow dives. This Mysticete (baleen whale) looks very similar to the Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis) but has three ridges on the head instead of only one.

Bryde’s Whale / Balaenoptera brydei resurfacing

 

We also saw some species of dolphins like the big and muscular Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), some nice socialising and jumpy Risso’s Dolphins (Grampus griseus) and, very close to the islet, a pod of Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) was porpoising around.

Finally, we still have the presence of our nice visitors the Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) very busy today foraging in association with Cory’s shearwaters.

Very beautiful and energetic Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis

 

At the end of the trip we even came back with a trophy, a nice piece of octopus that will be very usefull to one of our scientific project collaborations MONICEPH.

View of the chromatophores (pigment cells) of the remains of an octopus.

 

We will keep you posted about our future adventures.

Aurora Crucianelli

About Aurora Crucianelli

Aurora Crucianelli is an Environmental Biologist with a Master’s degree in Oceanography. She is one of the new recruits of the Terra Azul Team, loves the sea and likes to scuba dive during her spare time. She also worked as a science teacher and enjoys educating people and share her passion for the ocean and wildlife.

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