Thursday, September 27, 2007

Rain and fog in our adventure!

Today was a not the best day for whale watching. The rain and the fog limited our activities a lot. The vigias (onshore lookouts) could not see anything from shore due to the poor visibility and the boats out on the water did not see much more from sea level. Due to these conditions we only had a tour in the morning. Still we managed to encounter common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. The sea actually turned out to be good, it was just the rain that limited us. We hope the conditions will improve soon.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sperm whales are here

September has been a month was many great opportunities to observe sperm whales. We have seen sperm whales in 15 of the past 26 days! The last three of these days, from September 23rd to 26th we have been watching large pods of sperm whales made up of many females, calves and also some huge males. There are a lot of sperm whales families in São Miguel at the moment!
 
We hope to have the same sort of luck in the upcoming days...


 

Saturday, September 22, 2007

What a day!!!


Today our whale watching tour was to the west of São Miguel Island again, just four miles off the coast of Mosteiros Islet. Here we encountered a group of sperm whales logging very calmly at the surface. The whales were not diving, just lying there, which gave us the perfect opportunity to observe them. It seems that today they are just taking the day off to rest at the surface.
In the morning we encountered other species: a huge pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins and some bottlenose dolphins.
 

Friday, September 21, 2007

Good weather - a great chance to observe sperm whales



Today we return to our blog after a long silence due to a very busy season. The good news is that we have been seeing sperm whales, a lot of them.  For example yesterday we encountered a group made up of around 12 juveniles and a large male. Today we saw the same group in the same area: Mosteiros on western part of São Miguel island. Today we also encountered Atlantic spotted dolphins and a huge group of bottlenose dolphins. Super!!!
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