Yesterday we had a lovely surprise when  we met some Short finned Pilot whales! Although for the last few years we have been seeing them anytime between April and November (usually we meet them more in June and July), the last time we saw them this year was in August.

We were starting to miss them so it was really nice to meet this group of 25 adults and calves that were calmly travelling south.

Short-finned Pilot Whales/ Globicephala macrorhynchus

Short-finned Pilot Whales/ Globicephala macrorhynchus


The day was also marked by a small group of Risso’s dolphins that even allowed our swimmers to watch them in their natural environment 😀



Finally, in our afternoon tour we saw two really big groups of bottlenose dolphins, 50 and 40 individuals each, after having another group of 60 bottlenose in the morning tour. Although we can’t say for sure, all of these groups seemed to be different from each other. Usually when we find a big group like this we see it during the whole day, and don’t see groups this big this close together. All of them were quietly travelling and always allowed us to stay quite close! 🙂

Keep tuned for more news of our tours! 🙂

Note: none of the photos above are from yesterday’s tours as the camera was experiencing some technical difficulties

Catarina Fonseca

About Catarina Fonseca

Catarina is Marine Biologist and was Main Guide and Technical & Scientific Director at TERRA AZUL from 2014 to 2017. She is dedicated, knowledgeable and a passionate friend to animals and humans. We hope she can come back soon to wildlife experiences with us. , and everyday works on ensuring the highest educational and conservation standards during spractice. She also contributes collecting Data collection for MONICET – The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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