Sunday, August 31, 2008

August 2008 sighting statistics


As usual in this month we had great encounters with 10 different cetacean species. The encounter frequency (number of days encountered of all the days we went to sea) for each of these species can be seen in the graph above. The common names can be seen listed below (ordered by encounter frequency):

Saturday, August 30, 2008

4 whale species including Bryde's whales in São Miguel, Azores

In the last days we have seen our resident sperm whales and we have also had more rare encounters with Bryde´s whalesfin whales and sei whales. As usual there have also been many dolphins in the area. In recent days we have seen bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, striped dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and Risso´s dolphins. That's 9 cetacean species in the space of just a few days! To make it even better we have had great weather too. Below are some of our photos from recent tours:





Sperm whale rolling over and showing part of its tail


Sperm whale diving


Sperm whale diving


Common dolphins


Risso's dolphin


Risso's dolphin


Risso's dolphins

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sperm whales and dolphins all over

Over the past few days we have seen many different species. We have encountered common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, Risso's dolphins, and Atlantic spotted dolphins spread all over. We have also seen a group of sperm whales and beaked whales socialising! Summer is still here with all these great sightings. Just have a look at some of our recent photos below:




Sperm whales socialising


Sperm whale blow


Sperm whale spyhopping, showing the tip of its head with white marks on it


Sperm whale flukes seen through the water


Bottlenose dolphin


Atlantic spotted dolphins:






Saturday, August 16, 2008

A week with whales, whale sharks and dolphins

We encountered many different species on our tours! We saw sperm whales, fin whales, sei whales and even whale sharks. We also encountered our kind and friendly common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins. To make our tours even better we had good weather the whole week. It feels just like summer should! The sperm whales and the Atlantic spotted dolphins were at their best for photography, really friendly and close to us...we just stopped the boats and click, click, click...lots of pictures!







Saturday, August 9, 2008

Sperm whales socialising, breaching and spyhopping

In the last days we have been seeing lots of sperm whales...the whole family was socialising together! We had some wonderful times that are difficult to describe in words...just perfect! See some of these moments yourself in our photos below:


Sperm whale lying on its back, showing its lower jaw slightly open



Sperm whales logging


A large group of sperm whales


Sperm whale spyhopping (stickings its head out of the water)


Sperm whales spyhopping (notice the  huge individual on the right side)


Sperm whale breaching!


A huge splash from the breach


Mother and calf preparing for a dive



Tuesday, August 5, 2008

July 2008 sighting statistics


During the month of July was encountered 11 different cetacean species (listed below ordered by those most encountered to those least encountered). In the above graph you will see the sighting frequency (number of days sighted of all the days we went to sea) for each of the species.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Curious beaked whales, sei whales, sperm whales and dolphins

In this last week the weather changed and became just perfect for whale watching  swimming with dolphins. The ocean was very calm and we had a lot of sunshine. We saw sperm whales, sei whales and (surprisingly) friendly Blainville's beaked whales. As the dolphins we had common dolphins, striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, Risso´s dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins.

Common dolphins:



True's beaked whales:




Sei whales:


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