Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) fluking close by Terra Azul boat

Olá a todos,

Today we had perfect weather conditions for whale watching. The ocean was flat, the visibility was good and there was a looot of life :-).

We started our morning tour with the sighting of a group of Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis). They were close by the coast, swimming calmly around our boat.

Cruising to the west, a couple of miles out we saw some bird activity ahead of us. Dolphin alert! A large pod of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) was hunting on fish. We were also able to see some calves.


Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) calves are born unspotted. The first spots appear around 2 years old and increase in density through multiple colour phases. Photo Credits: Lieven Joos


Later on we received a call from our lookout. He’d been watching a Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) for a while, but the whale was diving. By experience we know that deep dives from Sperm Whales in our area last about 40 to 45 minutes. He was already down for 40 minutes when we arrived in the whale zone, so we knew he would appear soon. Indeed he did, a couple of minutes later the massive bull showed up. What a giant, definitely about 18 – 19 meters long, which is the maximum size of a male Sperm Whale, and which is a lot bigger than our boat 🙂

Not so much later followed ‘le moment suprême’: the whale lifted its majestic fluke to go for a deep dive!



As if this wasn’t enough, in the afternoon tour our guests also got to meet an other ocean giant. A Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis) was wandering around about 12 miles out to the west in order to find some food. Sei Whales are the third longest whale, reaching a maximum length of almost 20m.

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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