Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Giants whales day in the Azores


Today was amazing out on the ocean. We started with the biggest animal in the world - a majestic blue whale which we got to see very well. In the afternoon we had two very special encounters. One with a Minke Whale, it that happens very infrequently, and a humpback whale that was tail breaching and waving its pectoral fins out of the water. From our photos we could determine it was a whale we saw here last year and that was also seen off Iceland in 2016. We also encountered 3 fin whales in the afternoon and a group of at least 80 bottlenose dolphins throughout the day. The cherry on top today were the loggerhead turtles that we also encountered on this beautiful sunny day.

In Pico Island we saw four Blue whales and five fin Whale! Thanks Mother Earth 😊


Photos by Mariana Silva, Miranda van der Linde, David Rodrigues e Rui Santos


Blue whale



Fin Whale



Fin Whale



Fin whale blow


Minke whale




Minke whale



Humpback whale dorsal



Humpback whale pectoral fin (white) and tail tip (black)


Humpback whale tail breaching


Humpback whale pectoral fin waving


Humpback whale tail


Watching bottlenose dolphins


Loggerhead turtle


Whale Watching tour 


Watching common dolphins



Blue whale watching in Pico Island


Blue whale tail watching in Pico Island


Fin Whale watching in Pico Island 

Cory’s shearwater in Pico Island 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A perfect sunny day in the company of blue whales

This morning started with the perfect weather conditions. We started our whale watching tour with a big group of bottlenose dolphins, some of them looked like mating which makes them looking more active and interactive. After that we went more far away looking for whales, we ended up with blue whales, at least 4 of them! We also saw fin whales in this amazing spring day! 


Blue whale


Blue whales and zodiac boat


Blue whale and zodiac boat


Bottlenose dolphins bowriding our catamaran


Bottlenose dolphin


Bottlenose dolphin


Blue whale blow


Blue whale


Blue whale


Fin whale

Monday, April 23, 2018

One blue whale tail and more to discover


Today was another wonderful day at sea. Take a look at this picture of a blue whale right in front of the zodiac boat! What a fantastic feeling! We were again with two of the largest animals in the world: Fin whale and blue whale. We were able to spot at least four different Fin whales and the blue whale presented us with its majestic tail. We also encountered Common and Bottlenose dolphins and a turtle. What a beautiful day at sea!


Blue whale


Blue whale from our zodiac


Blue whale tail


Blue whale back


Bottlenose dolphin



Jumping Bottlenose dolphin


Common tern


Fin whale



Turtle


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pico Island in the company of a Blue whale

Today in Pico Island we got to see again a Blue whale tail. Blue whales are the largest animals in the world.  They can easily be detected from great a distance because the strong vertical blow. We saw two during our tour! We could also see risso's dolphins interacting with common dolphins, Cory's shearwaters and turtles! Another amazing day!

Photos by: Rui Santos


Blue whale tail


Common dolphin


Risso's dolphin and cory's shearwater


Turtle

A flying shark and the first Blue Whale of the year!


Today we had an amazing morning time. We started our tour in the company of common dolphins they were behaving in a different way, kind of feeding. We went closer to the group and we could see one dolphin chasing a shortfin mako shark! The shark even jumped out of the water! After this amazing sight we went in the direction of Vila Franca do Campo to see fin whales and…our first Blue Whale of the year! A breathtaking experience during our morning time. In the afternoon we saw bottlenose dolphins and fin whales. The perfect celebration of the Earth Day!



Blue Whale


Blue Whale


Blue Whale


Whale Poop


Common dolphin


Fin whale


Fin whale


Fin whales


Shortfin Mako Shark
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