Sunday, February 18, 2018

A great day out on the water with Futurismo! #WorldWhaleDay

Today it's #WorldWhaleDay. This day originated in Hawaii to celebrate humpback whales, but the idea is spreading around the world and now includes other whale species. Futurismo marked this special day out on the ocean in the company of fin whales, the second largest animal in the world! We got to see a mother and her calf, very calm at the surface and often surfacing near our boats. Of course we cannot forget the whales'smaller cousins the dolphins. We also encountered a nice group of bottlenose dolphins that were keen to show of some of their acrobatic jumps. What a great day out on the water with Futurismo! 
Photos by Miranda van der Linde


Fin whale calf


Zodiac boat with jumping bottlenose dolphins


Fin whale mother


Jumping bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins mother and calf


Watching bottlenose dolphins


Fin whale mother


Fin whale mother


Fin whales mother and calf


Watching bottlenose dolphins

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday | Whale and Dolphin Watching Azores

Today is sunny and bright in São Miguel, giving us great light and colours out on the ocean for watching animals. We ended up encountering a lot of bottlenose dolphins during this morning's tour.  Across a large area we could see bottlenose dolphins everywhere we looked, spread out into many smaller subgroups. We even got to see some calves and juveniles in among the adults.


Watching bottlenose dolphins


Watching bottlenose dolphins


Mother and calf bottlenose dolphins


Watching bottlenose dolphins

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Morning | Whale and Dolphin Watching

Today we have a windy but beautiful day here in São Miguel island. The wind is sometimes a difficulty for the ocean activities and today was one of those days. We went out searching for whales but with strong winds in the open sea we had to come back. Fortunately for everyone we got to see common dolphins feeding at the end of our tour! Photos by Mariana Silva


Common dolphin


Common dolphin


Common dolphin


Great skua

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wednesday Morning | Whale and Dolphin Watching

Today we had a pretty Grey day in the ocean but always with great company!  We had a close encounter with a big group of bottlenose dolphins. A super fun group with around 100 individuals!  Always a good surprise to start the day. 


Bottlenose dolphins 


Zodiac boat and bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins


Zodiac boat 


Zodiac boat


Zodiac boat and bottlenose dolphins 


Bottlenose dolphins playing with the waves


Whale Watching 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday | Whale Watching Azores

Today we went to the east of São Miguel Island to see whales and dolphins. We started with fin whales, what looked to be an adult and a juvenile travelling together. We had a brief visit with them, but our ultimate goal was to reach the sperm whales which our lookout had spotted further to the east. We had a really nice look at several different individuals that were coming and going to the surface. To top of this fantastic tour we still had a group of playful common dolphins to see on our way back to Ponta Delgada.


Common Dolphin


Zodiac boat


Zodiac boat



Zodiac boat and common dolphins


Zodiac boat and common dolphins


Fin whale


Fin whale


Sperm whales


Sperm whales


Photos by: Miranda van der Linde

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday | Whale Watching Azores

During this morning's tour the dolphins were in feeding mode again. In the case of the bottlenose dolphins, feeding often takes place at depth so when they are searching for food they spend the majority of their time going on dives. This was the case this morning, but still we could enjoy seeing them at the surface every time they came up between dives. In the case of the common dolphins, most of the feeding happens at the surface so that we sometimes get to see the action from our boats. That is what happened this morning, as we could see some of the needlefish that the common dolphins (and also gulls) were feeding on around our boat.



Common Dolphin


 Common Dolphin


 Common Dolphin


Yellow-legged gulls and common dolphins hunting


Bottlenose dolphins



Yellow-legged gulls fighting over a fish


Photos by: Miranda van der Linde

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday | Whale Watching Azores

Today's tours were all about seeing some feeding action from our resident common dolphins. During both our tours today we could see the activity, as the common dolphins were herding fish into baitballs at the surface. The gulls were taking advantage of the dolphins' intelligence by diving down to grab some of the fish. We got to see the feeding really well and we even managed good enough photos to see that the prey were needlefish (Belone belone).



Needlefish (Belone belone)



Whale Watching Azores tour 


Common dolphin



Whale Watching Azores tour 


Common dolphin


Common dolphin


Whale Watching Azores tour 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday Morning | Whale Watching

This morning was super good!  A sunshine day and with many dolphins.
We saw three different groups of bottlenose dolphins. Before we returned, we went to Vila Franca do Campo Islet. One of the most enchanted locations, classified as a natural reserve of São Miguel Island! 
Photos by Mariana Silva



Bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins


Bottlenose dolphins


Seagull


Vila Franca Islet




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