Today we have great news to share with you! The photo-identification of cetaceans that is made all over the world, makes more and more sense!
This magnificent humpback whale that we saw off São Miguel island last May 8, was spotted on the island of Boa Vista, in Cape Verde last April, the 4th!!! Isn’t it wonderful?
She traveled over the Atlantic Ocean for over 2,000 km in a month!! What a great discovery this match of this beautiful humpback whale. You can see here the publication made by Boa Vista Tours.
This is the time for their migration. What we know is the humpback whales in the North Atlantic spend the cold winter and early spring months in the northern hemisphere in warmer temperate and subtropical waters, where they breed and give birth. When summer is coming, they start their journey back to the feeding areas in the northern Atlantic Ocean. How fantastic it is to study these sea giants.
On each trip to the ocean, Futurismo biologists collect data on the different species of cetaceans they see, from the GPS location where the animals are, to the date and time. They take pictures and analyze their behaviors. All the information collected is used to complement our knowledge about these species and to contribute to the scientific community, providing information from this area of the Atlantic.
It was thanks to the collaboration we have with the Atlantic humpback whale photo-identification network and the sharing of photographs and data, that this match was achieved between the Azores and Cape Verde.
With us, your experience of whale watching becomes richer, as a result of the work done daily. Humpback whales are the most acrobatic of all species of baleen whales. They perform breathtaking jumps as these extraordinary photographs show!
But they also hit the water surface with the tail and the pectoral fin. They are distinguished by their long pectoral fins (which can reach up to 5m in length), and by their protruding head (which are, in fact, hair follicles). There are also differences between males and females. The male individual can reach 15m and the females win, they can reach 16m. Learn more about Futurismo’s research projects.