A family of sperm whales and dolphins today in São Miguel!

sperm whale tail

Winter is getting closer! The air temperature dropped today, but what an awesome morning!

Our lookouts, our eyes at sea, directed us to west were we had an amazing encounter with bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), actually, the very same group we saw yesterday! We had the chance to see again the two cute babies. How wonderfull they were 🥰. They approach us but always keeping the babies between all the adults, making sure they were safe and sound.

After having such a great time with this group pf bottlenose dolphins we’ve travelled to an area where a a family of sperm whales’ (Physeter macrocephalus) was sighted. We were able to see three individuals, but only two allowed us to get a bit closer in different moments. Easily, we found out it was an adult female, and a young male. Did you know that the males tend to be solitary and they leave their families when they start being sexually mature? We are able to identify the gender, not only by the size, as females measure around 12m in length and males grow up to 18m, but also males have a very strong line, a depression in the end of their head. This one makes over 1/3 of their total length. That’s why we can distinguish them so easily!

During the hole morning, we had gulls (Larus michahelis atlantis ), common tern (Sterna hirundo) and the corys’ shearwater (Calonectris diomedea borealis).
Come and discover the incredible Azorean biodiversity! See you soon!

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