Monday, November 30, 2009

November 2009 sighting statistics



This month we have encountered 7 different cetacean species (2 whale species and 5 dolphin species) during our whale watching tours. Not bad for this time of the year! Two of these species that came as an extra surprise were the fin whale and false killer whale. The rest were more common species that we regularly see here in the Azores. The species we encountered this November are listed below and sighting frequencies (days sighted of all the days we went to sea) for each species an be seen in the graph above:
  • Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
  • Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
  • Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis)
  • Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus)
  • Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
  • False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
  • Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

December 2009 sighting statistics



We are ending the year with difficult difficult whale watching tours due to a lot of bad weather. The consequences this month were fewer tours this month with not a lot of variation in sightings during tours. As usual the common dolphin never disappointed as they were around 100% of the days we went to sea this month. Sighting frequencies of the other encountered species can be seen in the graph above, with common names listed below:
  • Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
  • Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus)
  • Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
  • Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)

Let´s hope 2010 becomes a better year for all: nature and people.
Thanks to everyone for being with us.

The Futurismo team

October 2009 sighting statistics


This past month we have encountered 5 different cetaceans species: our regulars, or those that are resident in the Azores (sperm whale, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and Risso's dolphin) and our most common summer visitor, the Atlantic spotted dolphin. The above graph shows the sighting frequency of each species for the month of October. Common names are shown below, listed in order of sighting frequency:

  • Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
  • Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
  • Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis)
  • Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
  • Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

September 2009 sighting statistics


During our whale watching tours in September we encountered 10 different cetacean species (3 whale species and 7 dolphin species). As is often the case, the resident common dolphin was the species most encountered, in fact they were seen on 100% of the days that we went to sea. The most encountered whale species was the sperm whale, another one of our resident species. Sighting frequencies of all species can be seen in the graph above. Common names of all species are listed below:



Monday, August 31, 2009

August 2009 sighting statistics


This August we great whale watching sighting statistics - 15 whale and dolphin species for the month! 8 whale species and 7 dolphin species. You will struggle to find another place in the world where you can see some many different whales and dolphins in such a short time period. Just see the big list of species below (listed in order of sighting frequency). The sighting frequencies of each species can be seen in the graph above. As you can see the four most sighted species were the sperm whale (resident here in the Azores), Atlantic spotted dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and common dolphin...

Friday, July 31, 2009

July 2009 sighting statistics


Several baleen whales are still passing São Miguel, Azores! This past month we have seen migratory fin whales and sei whales that are travelling north to their Arctic feeding grounds to spend the summer time gaining weight. It is late in the season to be seeing them, so they must be the last ones straggling behind. At this time of the year our resident sperm whales are seen more often. During the summer months we also see a big increase in the number of Atlantic spotted dolphins that prefer warmer waters. In total we have seen 11 different whale and dolphin species this July. These species are listed below (those most encountered are at the top of the list) and their sighting frequencies (days sighted of all the days we went to sea) is indicated by the bars in the graph above.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June 2009 sighting statistics


June has been a busy month of whale watching, full of many great whale and dolphin sightings. This month we had encounters with 12 different cetacean species (6 whale and 6 dolphin species), making this month even better than the last two. Like last month the most sighted dolphin was the bottlenose dolphin, and the most sighted whale was the sperm whale, both of which are resident in the Azores. Sighting frequencies (percent of days sighted of all the days we went to sea) of all species can be seen in the graph above and common names are listed below (species most sighted are listed first):
It has been great to still see so many baleen whales (blue whale, fin whale, sei whale, humpback whale) still passing the Azores, as we are now reaching the end of the season for their migration past the Azores.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Humpback whale mega-jumper!



Finally we had the chance to see a full performance of a Humpback whale off São Miguel island, Azores. What a show of breaching (leaping out of the water)! It was a lucky sighting after 3 years of not seeing any humpback whales in these waters. The humpack whale was just a few miles south of Ponta Delgada.
This is as good as whale watching gets!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

May 2009 sighting statistics


May has been an incredible month for whale watching with Futurismo in São Miguel Island, Azores. This month we have seen 10 different whale and dolphin species and the statistics have been great. The most sighted species was the bottlenose dolphin, commonly known as "flipper". The most sighted whale species was the sperm whale which is resident in the Azores. We have also seen several other whales, as this is the time of the year that the baleen whales migrate past the Azores. All species that have been sighted are listed below (species sighted most frequently are at the top) and their sighting frequencies (days sighted of all the days we went to sea) can be seen in the graph above:

Thursday, April 30, 2009

April 2009 sighting statistics


This April we have encountered 9 different cetacean (whale and dolphin) species during our whale watching tours. April is a great month to come whale watching in the Azores because this is the time that the large baleen whales (like the blue whale, fin whale and sei whale) migrate past the Azores. Additionally, we can regularly see our resident species (namely the sperm whale, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and Risso's dolphin) and several seasonal species that visit when the water is warming up. The above graph shows the sighting frequency (days sightings of all the days we went to sea) off all 9 species seen this month. Common names are shown below, listed in order of those most sighted to those least sighted in April:

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March 2009 sighting statistics



During our whale watching tours in March we have encountered 8 different cetacean species. The most encountered whale was our resident sperm whale, although we have also encountered fin whales as they are migrating past this time of the year. We have not encountered any other migratory baleen whales, but we have had surprise encounters with the very shy beaked whales (Cuvier's beaked whales and True's beaked whales). As always we have also sighted many dolphins in all of our tours (common dolphins were sighted every day we went to sea this month) to complete our tours. All 8 species sighted are listed below (ordered by those most encountered) and sighting frequencies (days encountered of all the day we went to sea) of these species can be seen in the graph above.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Observations February 09



Good surprise! The Atlantic spotted dolphins were still around São Miguel this February! These dolphins prefer warmer waters so they usually leave for the winter, but not this year. This past month we encountered 7 cetacean species and had another a little surprise with the earliest baleen whales of the season - fin whales!
In summary, February was a good month with unusually fine weather and great encounters.  All species encountered are listed below (with the most frequently sighted at the top of the list) and sighting frequencies are indicated by the bars in the graph above):


Saturday, January 31, 2009

January 2009 sighting statistics


Our sighting statistics are regular for this month. The difference is that for the first time we had Atlantic spotted dolphins in January (usually these dolphins leave the Azores during the colder winter months). This year in January we encountered five different cetacean species. Encounter frequencies (number of days encountered of all the days we went to sea) for these species are shown in the graph above and common names are listed below (ordered by those most encountered first):

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A new year of whale watching has begun

Here at Futurismo we operate year-round and in recent days we have been on the sea again for our first whale watching tours of the new year. Despite it being winter we have had some good weather and we have already had 8 tours successful tours this year. During these recent tours we have encountered sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, Risso's dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins. It was a bit of a surprise to see the spotted dolphins in January as this warm water species is usually leaves our waters during the winter months. The Atlantic spotted dolphins were encountered in a very large pod of hundreds of individuals, many with small babies. 

2008 review of Futurismo's whale watching tours

During 2008 we had fabulous and unforgetable moments of whale watching thanks to the 17 species of cetaceans that visited the waters of São Miguel Island, Azores. The species sighted this year were: 


Ofcourse we also sighted other marine species including the whale shark, hammerhead shark, manta ray, sunfish, turtles and flying fish. Was a good year, but the most import for all, was the fact that we had the pleasure to share this wonderfull place with a lot of people.
Thank you very much for being with us!

The Futurismo team

December 2008 sighting statistics


Our whale watching tours continue throughout the year, as all seasons of the year there are whales and dolphins around the Azores. During the month of December we encountered six different cetacean (dolphin a and whale) species: the residents: sperm whale, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and Risso´s dolphins and the seasonal species: Atlantic spotted dolphins (on the last day of the year for the first time on record) and pilot whales. Sighting frequencies (days encountered of all the days we went to sea) are indicated by the bars in the graph above and common names of each of these species are listed below (ordered by those encountered first):

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