“We Back” Said the Sperm Whale

After a few days without seeing the Sperm Whales we were greeted in the friendliest way possible.

First navigating to find a pod of Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) we stayed in the area long enough to observe their coloration and behaviour, we rapidly left the area in order to, NOT stress the dolphins. It is always important to assess the behaviour of the animals and determine if, after everyone has appreciated the species it is wiser to move to another area. Especially when being responsible regarding wildlife (Here is a picture of our library of the species sighted).

Common dolphin leaping out of the water (Photo taken from our library).


Navigating to the West out of the blue (cute joke for all of our ocean lovers 😉 ) A SPLASH!!!

It was sighted by all our guests and it was none other than our beloved resident whale species the- Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus). 

Sperm whale calf jumping (Photo from our library taken in 2020) 


The same family we have been seeing in the waters offshore our beloved island, with 2 young calves and their mothers.

One of the females decided to leap out of the water and when you see a whale leaping there are no words that can match the emotion.

Whales leap often but not usually when boats are in the area. Leaping behaviour is still a mystery for scientist but a few theories are in place like fun, territorial behaviour, getting rid of parasites or attached remoras…

So we  are excited to still see these majestic creatures and their young babies slowly growing every day. Hoping to see them in the area for many more years and see those little ones become adults one day.

Let’s continue exploring the ocean together and be amazed always by nature in any form or shape.


Anaïs Builly

About Anaïs Builly

Anais Builly is Marine Biologist and Master of Biology, Ecology and Ecosystems, and of Bioproducts & Bioproduction of Marine Ecosystems, studied in France and South Africa. She is also Marine Wildlife Guide & Community Manager at TERRA AZUL. She is passionate about conservation of marine mammals, and loves being out in the ocean everyday.

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