The beautiful morning of August was a blessing. Four different species of dolphins: Risso’s dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins, Stripped dolphins and last but not least Beaked whales.

Beaked whales are very rare animals to see, they are whales but look more like dolphins. Not a lot is known about beaked whales. There are 23 different species of beaked whales that belong to the same family. These animals are not well understood since they are deep divers and are unable to live in captivity. Their social structure is not really well understood. In the Azores, scientists are not certain about the abundance of these animals or if they are resident or migratory. All we are certain about is that these deep divers are rare and it is something really special to see.

Dolphins are always lovely animals to see, specially when one sees the beautiful Risso’s dolphin and Common dolphins these sightings are always exceptional.

The morning tour was really a success that gave a taste to our whale watchers about the importance of marine mammals.

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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