December has been a pretty quiet month for us in terms of whale watching. However we did have several tours out on the ocean and we managed to encounter 6 different cetacean species throughout the month. During two days we had two different large groups of sperm whales passing the island so we hope they stay nearby so we can see them again during January. We also encountered at least 4 or 5 fin whales one day, raising our statistics of fin whale sightings to all months of the year except for January. All our other sightings of the month were of dolphins: 3 of our resident species (common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and Risso's dolphin) and also some striped dolphins. Now we are gearing up for another month and another year of whale watching off São Miguel Island in the Azores.
Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) - 83%
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) - 33%
Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) - 17%
Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus) - 33%
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) -17%
Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) - 8%