Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spying sei whale among sperm whales

After wind and rain yesterday we found ideal conditions today out on the ocean. In the morning we had the pleasure to meet common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins. All of them approaching and bow riding. The Atlantic spotted dolphins were in a big groups even speeding up and porpoising, this means many individuals leaping flat completely out of the water at the same time. Making the water look like boiling. In the afternoon we first watched a pod of bottlenose dolphins and then we went further out to look for blows. Finally we found a very calm group of five sperm whales from the red group our most familiar residents. Three females and two juveniles were logging while a curious juvenile Sei whale checked out the boats and whales in the area. While the interested whale was circling around us we could have a perfect look at it while it was observing us.


Photos from today:

Sei whale very close to the sperm whales group

Sei whale

Family of sperm whales 
Bottlenose dolphins



Bottlenose dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Common dolphin

Two of the sperm whales of the group

Our swimming boat with common dolphins in the morning

Watching bottlenose dolphins in the morning

Atlantic spotted dolphin (juvenile without spots) racing our boat




Watching sperm whales from aboard our catamaran "Cetus"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Active dolphins and sei whales

Today we have a bit more wind, but this makes for nice conditions to see active dolphins, because they enjoy leaping out of the waves. That is exactly what we saw first thing this morning when we went out on our boats. We had a nice group of about 40 to 50 bottlenose dolphins that were all leaping together in sync out of the waves. We could see several young juveniles and even some calves in this travelling group. A bit further out we could enjoy a  nice group of Atlantic spotted dolphins that seemed to be feeding, as they were also active, but staying in one area and accompanied by many birds. As for the whales, those aboard our zodiac boat in the morning managed to see two sei whales that were far to the east. From aboard our catamaran we tried to see a different baleen whale, possibly also a sei whale. Although we saw several blows and we remained very patient, this whale did not want to show more of itself. We did end our catamaran morning tour nicely by encountering our friendly bottlenose dolphins again.

In the afternoon the sea was not the best but the dolphins were! We started the trip with a very nice group of common dolphins that were surfing the waves and jumping over them. There was some babies as we often see at this time of the year and they were all having some fun around the boat. We continued our trip and found a group of Atlantic spotted dolphins thanks to a huge group of Cory's shearwater looking for fish. Like that, all of us were happy (except the fishes), we found the dolphins, the dolphins and birds found the fish. On our way back to Ponta Delgada we saw a beautiful rainbow waiting for us. 


Photos from today:

Young bottlenose dolphin

Juvenile bottlenose dolphin leaping

Adult bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

Common Dolphin leaping

Three common dolphins ready to fly

Common dolphin surfacing

Two young Atlantic spotted dolphins approaching

Juvenile Atlantic spotted dolphin

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Socialising sperm whales and other great sightings

Today was a fantastic day to be out on the ocean with Futurismo!
We had some really great sightings during all our tours today. The ocean was calm, the weather was great and the animals showed themselves really well. In the morning we started with sperm whales and we could identify some individuals that we know well since at least 2003. We could identify a sperm whale we call "Orca" as well as another we call "Left tip". We also had a really good encounter with a travelling sei whale in the morning, as well as some Atlantic spotted dolphins and a surprise sighting of Risso's dolphins (for those on the catamaran) before returning to the marina. In the afternoon all the sperm whales from the group came together at the surface to socialise and at one point we counted at least 11 whales together! We got to see tails, heads and even open jaws! If that lucky encounter wasn't enough, the afternoon was completed with bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins.


Photos from today:

A sperm whale we call "Left tip"

A sperm whale we call "Left tip" diving

A sperm whale we call "Orca"

A sperm whale we call "Orca"
 
Sei whale

Sei whale

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphin

Risso's dolphins

Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphin

Socialising sperm whales

A sperm whale with an open jaw

Socialising sperm whales

Socialising sperm whales

Socialising sperm whales

Sperm whale watching

Sperm whale watching

Bottlenose dolphins

A very spotted Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Monday, September 18, 2017

Santa Maria as background!

What an amazing day in the south coast of São Miguel island! In the morning we had to travel a lot towards east to see our first species. We saw a pod of pilot whales very curious towards the boat and also some babies in the pod, also in the same area we had a sperm whale that was also very curious about the boat. After a few minutes with the whale some bottlenose dolphins showed up and it looked like the sperm whale was not very happy with their company and right after it dived and showed us the tail. at the end of the morning trip we also saw a very nice group of Atlantic spotted dolphins.
We started our afternoon trip with a small group of spotted dolphins and then we continued our trip towards the island of Santa Maria and we spotted some sowerby's beaked whales! They were very “well behaved” as they were curious towards the boat and it almost looked like they had the behavior of dolphins …Not every day! We traveled a little bit more far away and found  two sei whales side by side breathing only one time at the surface and then going down again. When we were going back to Ponta Delgada we also saw a small group of common dolphins.

Seven species today … Amazing!!!!!
Sei whale with Santa Maria island as background
Common dolphins
Sperm whale fluke
Pilot whales
Big pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins
Sei whale surfacing

Two sei whales surfacing 


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