Female sperm whales and their calves

Finally a sunny day in S. Miguel with great conditions at sea. We left the harbor to spot a group of female Sperm whales (Psyseter macrocephalus) after a few days without sighting this species. These groups of females and their calves are considered resident here in the Azores and can be spotted all year-round due to the warm water temperatures around the archipelago. Luckily during our sighting we encountered three females that were kind enough to show us their tails. These specific dives are a typical foraging behaviour of Sperm whales and they can stay underwater for a range from 40 minutes to 2 hours!

Foraging dive of a sperm whale – Rui Rodrigues

On our way back to Ponta Delgada we also encountered a big group of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) really close to the coast! Like Sperm whales, this species can also be found all year round. We had the amazing opportunity to see not only adults but also juveniles, calfs and even a new born!

During our swimming with dolphins activity, our crew had the chance to see two different species: common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) and Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis).
In addition to all the cetacean species, our team also encounter a portuguese man o’war (Physalia physalis)!!
What an amazing day to be out in the sea with Futurismo! Come onboard next time!

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