Thursday, July 27, 2017

Horrible weather but a great experience!

Today on the South Coast on São Miguel we had a rather difficult day as the weather conditions were very bad and misty, which meant that it was difficult for the Lookout to see Sperm Whales. Instead, we had a day dedicated to dolphins, as even the bad weather didn´t stop us from finding them! In the morning we saw Common Dolphins and Atlantic Spotted Dolphins. The Common Dolphin pod had lots of babies which was wonderful to see. They were very excited and curious, jumping lots and putting on an amazing (and very cute) show for the spectators. We also spent some time having a closer look at Vila Franca Islet, and had some fantastic views of many Cory´s Shearwaters taking flight. In the afternoon we saw more Common Dolphins and also Bottlenose Dolphins, on one of the zodiac boats even got a lucky encounter with Sperm Whales. The encounter with the Bottlenose Dolphins was incredible, with about 80 individuals in front of the boat! They were bowriding, jumping, leaping, riding the waves and generally creating an amazing exprience for all of us watching. Obviously the dolphins didn´t care about the bad weather today!

Photos from today:

Common Dolphin bowriding

Common Dolphin mother and calf wake riding in the distance
Adult Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Swimming with 80 curious Bottlenose Dolphins around

Big flocks of Cory's Shearwaters taking off

Red Rock Crabs on the Islet Vila Franca do Campo

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A great summer with sperm whales and dolphins

So far we are having an excellent summer season with plenty of sightings of sperm whales and dolphins. It is difficult keeping track of all our statistics, since we are now also operating from the north coast and we are very successful in all of our tours. It's great to be able to show all our guests so many different dolphins and when we have been able to, also our resident sperm whales. Here are some example photos from today's tours off the south coast of the island, where we encountered common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins throughout the day, sperm whales in the afternoon and also bottlenose dolphins in the morning. 

Photos from today:

Bottlenose dolphins

Common dolphin

Sperm whale adult and calf pair

Two adult sperm whales

Sperm whale

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sperm whales everywhere

It was an incredible day today! We had trips on the north and south coast and many species sighted. In the north the sea was like a mirror and it was not necessary to move far from the shore to see several Sperm Whales. We were still very lucky to see a rather rare species ... Beaked Whales. Common Dolphins have marked presence in all our trips. On the south coast, beyond the Common Dolphins, we also saw a Sperm Whale already well known here on our page ... Mr Liabe !!! In the morning he was really lazy. He did not want to show his tail, and it seemed that he wanted to slap the water with the tail ... but laziness won and he did not, but he ended up showing his tail very high. On our afternoon trip we see Mr Liable again, but with his normal behavior. After resting a little on the surface he dove raising its majestic tail.

Physeter macrocephalus | Sperm whale- Mr Liable blow

Physeter macrocephalus | Sperm whale

Physeter macrocephalus | Sperm whale- Mr Liable tale

Physeter macrocephalus | Sperm whale- Head

Delphinus delphis | Common dolphin

Beaked Whale- North Coast

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mr Liable again

During the last few weeks we have had many encounters with our most well known sperm whale here off São Miguel Island - a large male who we call "Mr Liable". He is always really great to watch as most of the time he is very predictable in his dive times, he spends a lot of time at the surface and almost always he shows us a great tail. Today was no exception. As usual, we also encountered many dolphins throughout the day. We were with our three most encountered species for this time of the year - Atlantic spotted dolphins, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. At this time of the year we also encounter a lot of loggerhead turtles at the surface, such as the one below that we photographed today:

Photos from today:

Mr Liable's tail

Atlantic spotted dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin in a calm ocean

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Finally beaked whales!!

Today in São Miguel we were leaving the rain behind on land with a nice rainbow in sight and went out to see several dolphin species both morning and afternoon. Like common dolphins feeding with Cory's shearwater in the morning or being social and mating in the afternoon. Atlantic spotted dolphins travelling in the morning and being curious towards the small boats in the afternoon. The bottlenose dolphins were presenting a spectacular show in the morning and in the afternoon they were surfing and mating. In the afternoon the zodiacs were lucky to see the rare sighting of beaked whales. The sighting was so good that it was possible to identify the species as Blainville's beaked whale. Also a loggerhead turtle was giving everybody the chance to have a good look at it.

Photos from today:

Blainville's beaked whale with scars on its body

Beak of the beaked whale

Bottlenose dolphin putting on a show in liberty

Bottlenose dolphin leaping high

Atlantic spotted dolphin with calf

Adult Atlantic spotted dolphin
Common dolphin

Cory's shearwater with needle fish this morning 
Common dolphin with Cory's shearwaters

Two of our boats looking for the beaked whales

Loggerhead turtle at the surface

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Morning with dolphins afternoon with sperm whales!

Today we had very different tours in the morning and in the afternoon. In here, as we always say, every tour is different, very often the tours are similar but other times they are completely different. Cetaceans are animals that are always in movement; they never stop swimming, so in every tour our lookouts have to relocate them. The sky was a bit cloudy the morning and we went out there with different boats; in that tour we saw common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. We also found a big hammerhead shark that was swimming calmly and close to the surface, it approach one of our boats, it was very exiting. In the afternoon an amazing family of sperm whales all together and very calm swimming side by side. Normally with sperm whales, after their feeding time they gather and they continue all together traveling and swimming to another place. We had the luck to catch that moment. When arriving to the area we saw two, then they were three, then four... we counted up to seven but probably they were more in the way. When we were returning we also found a big group of bottlenose dolphins.

Photos from today:

Sperm whale family all togheter, generaly composed by females and young males

We will chek in our catalogue if this white marks in the dorsal are already in our catalogue

Loggerhead turtle

Friday, July 21, 2017

A day with many marine species

This morning our most well known sperm whale "Mr Liable" paid us another visit. We got to see him at the surface for a very long time, and then we experienced the best moment...his tail! We also had a lot of dolphins around today, including many babies. In the morning we encountered common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins and in the afternoon bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins again. Some of us also had some other surprise encounters, such as Risso's dolphins that were seen from one of the small boats in the morning, and a sicklefin devil ray that was seen from one of our catamarans in the afternoon.

Photos from today:

Atlantic spotted dolphins with new borns

Mr. Liable on the surface

Bottlenose dolphin

Common dolphin

Devil ray (Mobula tarapacana)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Male sperm whales and plenty of dolphins

Today was another whale day in São Miguel. We had two different large male sperm whales around today, one unknown individual in the morning and the very well known "Mr Liable" in the afternoon. The one from the morning was alone and was coming and going to the surface, whereas Mr Liable was accompanied by a smaller adult and he showed us what he is most famous for - showing us his fantastic tail! We also enjoyed the company of plenty of dolphins today. We had a lot of Atlantic spotted dolphins with their newborn babies around and we also encountered two different groups of bottlenose dolphins. We even got to see a lot of high jumps from the bottlenose dolphins. What a day!

Photos from the morning:

The male sperm whale

The tip of the tail of the whale

Sperm whale blow

Watching bottlenose dolphins aboard our catamaran

Bottlenose dolphin

Juvenile Atlantic spotted dolphin

Atlantic spotted dolphins wave surfing

Photos from the afernoon:

´Acrobatic bottlenose dolphins

Mr Liable breathing at the surface

Sperm whale fluke

Mr Liable's fluke
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