• Sara Vieira

|04092020| Pico island protection

Windy but not too windy!


We had some wind crossing the canal between #Faialisland and #Picoisland but when we arrive close to the animals the #Picomountain was giving us protection against the wind :)


Our first sighting was a group of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) that were feeding, so they weren't spending a lot of time at the surface. This species eats a big variety of food from fish to squid, consuming 6 to 7 kg of food per day.


Then we saw a mixed-species group of striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) and common dolphins (Delphinus delphis). These associations are common to occur, especially in big groups traveling and when feeding.


After seeing all of these amazing dolphins, our spotter that was in #Picoisland spot a baleen whale! We got close to the area and then we spot some spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) and a sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis).


The sei whale has a wide distribution, being found in subtropical, temperate and subpolar waters. Only in 1989 were recorded the first sightings of sei whales in the Azores (Gordon et al., 1990).



Thank you for joining us! Enjoy and share the photos from our expedition.


See you soon!


Sei whale



Great and cory's shearwater

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