Beaked Whales in Sao Miguel and Sei whale in Pico

Another surprising day. This morning in Sao Miguel our boats spotted a group of common dolphins quite close to the unexpected oil platform passing in front of the south coast of Sao Miguel. Then we continued our tour looking for more, and suddenly we spotted a splash next to us, it was a Sowerby’s beaked whale, so we stopped and we had a nice encounter with at least three individuals of this species that is really rare to see here. 

Then in the afternoon we were with a group of bottlenose dolphin very active and funny, jumping and showing up a lot.

Photos by David Rodrigues

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin surfacing

Oil platform

Common dolphins

Swimming with common dolphins

Photos by Carine Zimmermann 

Sowerby’s Beaked Whale

Sowerby’s Beaked Whales with moving oil platform in the background

The highlight in Pico island today it was
seeing a Sei whale jumping out of water.

We saw a total of 6 species during the
day. We were with spotted and striped dolphins and sowerby’s beaked whales

the morning we also saw sperm whales showing the tail and the Sei whale
jumping. In the afternoon we went swimming with spotted dolphins and still swam
with risso’s dolphins. What an amazing day!

Photos by Rui Santos 

Sei whale breaching

Spotted dolphin flying

Striped dolphin jumping 

Sei whale blowing

Sowerby’s Beaked Whale

Sperm whale tail 

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