• Sara Vieira

|08082020am| Alongside Risso's dolphins

Early morning and our experienced spotter, in the south of #PicoIsland, already had some sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) under his guard.


So after all the naturalists are properly equipped we went straight to the area where the sperm whales were spotted.


We saw a beautiful tail when the sperm whale deep dove. When they deep dive they leave a bubble, it is like their footprint, at the surface and sometimes they leave behind some skin. Slowly, we got closer to the bubble to check if there was any skin so we could collected and send it to the lab to analyze. Unfortunately, we didn't had any luck.


When we were waiting for another sperm whale to come up to the surface we saw a group of spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), with 40 to 60 animals which a lot of them were tiny babies, probably with only a few weeks old!


After, our spotter let us know that was a group of Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus) close by the coastline. So we went to see them!


And it was a great choice!

It was a group of 12 to 20 animals. They were travelling super slow and they came super close to the boat, it's not a common behaviour for this species. We shared a special moment with them!



Thank you to everyone that joined us! Enjoy and share the photos from our expeditions.


See you soon!


Sperm whales



Spotted dolphins




Risso's dolphins


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