Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lots of splashes? Common and stripped dolphins!

This morning we went out for whale watching trip and just after leaving the marina of Ponta Delgada we spotted our first species of the day: Common Dolphin. A small pod but they were very curious about our boat. They even bow ride us! Was really good to be with them. We continued our trip and we spot something ahead. We approached slowly but it was actually a tree trunk that looked like a sperm whale! Suddenly the lookout spotted a blow and by its form it was a baleen whale.
We arrived the area, but unfortunately it was not possible to see it. We decided then to leave the area and continue our trip. After a while we spotted some splashes. What a big surprise: Striped dolphins! They were very active on the surface and provided us with an authentic show of jumps and acrobatics. It was such a speechless moment!


Common Dolphin

Striped Dolphin

Striped Dolphin performing a high jump!

Stripped Dolphins





Thursday, February 23, 2017

Our first pilot whales of 2017

Today was a great day for whale and dolphin watching. Throughout the day we encountered a total of 5 different species, starting with a sperm whale in the morning and continuing with bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, common dolphins and finally pilot whales in the afternoon. It was our first encounter this year with pilot whales and it was a nice large group of them that were resting calmly at the surface. Here are a few of our photos of these lovely pilot whales:





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Summer day with common dolphins


Today we had a summer here in Sao Miguel. In our tour we saw common dolphins and we also visited Vila Franca islet and its birds.


 
 Common dolphins swimming in the surface



 


 
 Vila Franca Islet




 Some photos of Vila Franca islet












Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sperm Whale far far away



Toda in the morning we went until the end of the island to see a sperm whale, it was a quick encounter as it dove quickly after we arrived and showed it tail when it when to catch its breakfast. We also saw a lonely bottlenose dolphin and several groups of common dolphins.
In the afternoon we saw different groups of common dolphins in very nice sunny day




 
 Sperm whale diving, it started just when we arrived







 Curving its back just before diving






                                                      View of the west part of our island




                                                Small vilage of Mosteiros and its islets







                                                              Common dolphins diving







Monday, February 20, 2017

Beautiful Sperm Whale

What an amazing morning we had in company of a big male sperm whale! We saw it resting, preparing for the big diving for around 15 minutes and then going in a deep dive putting its majestic tail very high.
We also spent some time with a curious group of common dolphins that were having a lot of fun surfing the waves!
In the afternoon we weren’t so lucky with the visibility so we only spot our dolphin friends



Some photos of the trip:








 Tail of the Sperm whale



 





The whale  in the surface





 The big blow of this male could be seen from far away






We can apreciate the big head this animals have, specialy the males




 Common dolphins surfacing





 All the dolphins together



 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sperm whale, striped and common dolphins

This morning we had a fantastic day full of encounters! We started with our well-known common dolphins and then we found a group very active of striped dolphins. To finish our morning we observed our resident whale- the sperm whale!


 
 The sperm whale

 

 
Common dolphins bow riding







Saturday, February 18, 2017

Look! Dolphins and a curious turtle!


Another summer day in São Miguel island! Today we went out in one of our zodiacs and after leaving the marina of Ponta Delgada, we soon spotted some common dolphins! Just a few individuals a bit spread out. Maybe because it was so early they were still a "bit sleepy", so we continued our trip. We soon found another pod of common dolphins firstly they were feeding and we even saw some small fishes jumping out of the water. Then the dolphins changed the behaviour, the feeding time was over so  they became more curious about us and even performed some bow ridding! After saying goodbye to the dolphins, while we were speeding up, we spotted a small Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) very calm at the surface. We approached very carefully and we got her out of the water! It was a very special moment in which it was possible to observe very closely and even touch it! Meanwhile our lookout spotted a different species of dolphins and he guided us to the area. When we arrived we saw a dorsal fin. We approached and had a big surprise: Bottlenose dolphins! They were a bit spread out but we were able to see their beauty. We had not seen this species for almost a month and a half, so it was really good to be with them again! It was such an amazing morning! In our way back we passed near the islet of Vila Franca do Campo.

Common dolphin jumping while feeding
Loggerhead turtle resting at the surface


Bottlenose dolphin

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fin Whales around!!


 Today we had an amazing sunny morning that we spent two amazing Fin whales showed up!  Sea was very calm and even thought it wasn’t easy at the beginning we got to see them. It is always nice to see these enormous beautiful animals!
And of course our very dear friends the common dolphins spent some time playing around our boat!!

Some photos of our trip:


 
 Fin Whale


 








 The two of them swimming togheter



 Common dolphins



 The group of common dolphins was full of juveniles




 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Common dolphins everywhere!

Today we had a fantastic summer day surrounded by common dolphins!
We also spot a very nice group of Risso’s dolphins in our morning tour and several turtles in the afternoon:



                                                           Common dolphin surfacing



                                         All the group of common dolphins together



                                               A jumping common dolphins while feeding




                                                         A small loggerhead turtle



 
One of our zodiac boats with dolphins around

Monday, February 13, 2017

Risso's!!!


Today, in addition to several groups of common dolphins, we saw a fantastic pod of Risso’s dolphins, today they were very close to the shore and very calm, being a bit less shy than normally letting us approach and see very well!





























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