Baleen whales once again off our coast!

blue whale azores

This time we started the day traveling close to the coast, looking for concentrations of seabirds that might give us clues about where to find cetaceans.

After navigating for a while, we started to see Cory’s shearwhaters, so we headed towards them. Once there, we realise why those birds were there: a pile of abandoned fishing ropes was floating on the surface, attracting fish, some of them getting trapped inside. We decided to get down to work and remove the ropes from the sea, taking them on board of our boat. We removed more than 70kg!

Whenever possible, at Futurismo we try to collect the rubbish we find on our trips. Just today, another of our boats collected plastic bottles. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence, but we believe that every small gesture counts. Like this we could avoid future entanglements and plastic ingestion.  
When we got it up, we were able to free some fish, mostly triggerfish, that were trapped between the ropes, but unfortunately it was too late for others. This is an example of the impact that the human activity has on the marine environment, and we took the opportunity to raise awareness among our guests.

Having finished this, we continued our search for animals. Suddenly, the VHF started to scream, whale blows have been sighted!

We started to get closer to the sighting point when, suddenly, a large whale emerged on the wake of the sun, giving us a great moment. We waited the animal to appear again on the surface, allowing us to identify it and confirm our suspicions: it was a blue whale, the largest animal on the planet! Apparently, the animal seemed to be in search of food, and after being spotted a couple more times, it began to move offshore, so we continued our journey in search of other species.

After another stretch of traveling, our lookouts warn us of the presence of a large group of bottlenose dolphins, which could be seen close to the boat. In it, we saw not only adults but also juveniles and quite a lot of calves.  

This group of dolphins led us near the islet of Vila Franca do Campo, so we took the opportunity to visit the islet from the sea, appreciating its morphology and also its particular inhabitants!
After skirting the islet, we started our return to the base, thus ending a very productive day in all senses.

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