Spyhopping sperm whales, dolphin pods and more … :)

Hi there friends of the ocean and its inhabitants!

I’m really happy about todays morning tour! The Striped dolphins we saw first were maybe a bit tricky to observe because of their usual behaviour: sudden jumps and a lot of action on the surface, followed by several minutes of absolute water stillness when they all dive. They are also really fast and quite difficult to follow with the boat because they change directions quickly. Still, I think it was lovely to see them for a few minutes – especially because we saw the Atlantic spotted dolphins afterwards!

We found ourselves in the middle of a pod of around 250 individuals! Wow! Especially nice were the juvenilles that decided to jump next to the boat 🙂 When adult, these dolphins get spots on their back and belly – you should check them out on google, they are really turning even more beautiful each year..

Our lookout called us to see something slightly bigger… and after a short boat ride we found a mother Sperm whale with her calf! The nice thing was that both of them spyhopped – putting their heads out of the water – so we observed them while they watched us aswell. At a certain point one of them decided to just lift the fluke horizontally out of the water. That was really special, as its such a playful behaviour. CUTE!

The amazingness did not end with this though.. (aaah!) we drove towards the coast, at the east of the island, and found two Sei whales! End of June! Here, the water was grey but almost like a mirror. When the whales came up to breathe during their travel eastwards it looked really beautiful. We had a lot of time observing them and for me personally this was the highlight of this morning. Hach 🙂

We got a bit wet on our way back as it started to rain, so I enjoyed my cup of tea a lot – I hope so did you all!

Until soon!

Levina Steinkönig

About Levina Steinkönig

Levina is student of Coastal and Marine Management at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, and is fascinated by the sea and sea creatures. Joined the TERRA AZUL team as Volunteer Marine Wildlife Guide in 2018, we hope she can get in touch soon to visit us and share updates for this profile.

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