Solitary sperm whale

Today we travelled a long way. We had lots of waves and it was quite an adventure. After all the way to Ponta Delgada we had to wait for a few minutes, and then we saw him! A solitary sperm whale.


sperm whale with the island getting covered by the clouds in the background


The sperm whale was a male. Try to imagine that big male sperm whales can fit a little car inside of their heads! They have a huge body with just relatively short flippers.


sperm whale. Source:


This whale was foraging. When he came up he already dove for approximately 45 minutes. He was at the surface for a really short time before he went diving again. He made a deep dive which means he showed us his tail!



This tour is certainly classified as an adventurous one! The waves didn’t allow us to drive at a high speed but the waves did make it interesting ? Because of this we arrived late at the marina, so if you are planning a tour with us, don’t make important plans afterwards like catching your flight!

Joyce Mulder

About Joyce Mulder

Joyce is student of Coastal and Marine Management at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. Everyday she was passionate educating Humans, and collecting data for animal research. Joined the TERRA AZUL team as Volunteer Marine Wildlife Guide in 2017, we hope she can get in touch soon to visit us and share updates for this profile.

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