Today we had a beautiful sunny day with 4 cetacean species on our trips!
Our morning started with two migratory species – a large group of Atlantic spotted dolphins as well as a big surprise – Bryde’s whales! Although the animals were very calm today, our small boat was lucky enough to see the Bryde’s whale from very up close! Our boat engines stayed turned off and the whale was coming to check out each of the boats, giving everyone a chance to see this spectacular animal.
On the other hand, as mentioned, we also saw Atlantic spotted dolphins which were socializing, bowriding in front of the boats and even mating!
Continuing our trip, we also met a group of bottlenose dolphins. However, they seemed shy and elusive, so we decided to move on in order not to disturb these animals.
In addition, during the trip on the small boat one more species was seen – our lovely resident common dolphins. Although this encounter was pretty quick, we were lucky to encounter this easily recognizable species and see their yellow colored sides.
To conclude, we had a nice summer’s day with a mix of our resident as well as migratory species – the magic of the Azorean waters!