• Sara Vieira

|11072020| The Sultan whale and "show off" dolphins Faial Azores


Early morning, the sun is shining and Naturalists ready for the adventure, after a long quarantine.


Our spotter already had seen some sperm whales (#Physeter macrocephalus) so after everyone got their equipment we went to look for them!


When we arrived we saw a big male that after a little bit joined a group of 4 females and two calves. The males' sperm whales travel through the Atlantic, being found in higher latitudes during the winter and in the summer they came to #Azores for the mating season. They tend to travel alone but sometimes they can travel in small groups.


After all of the elements of the group deep dive, we went to see a pod of spotted #dolphins (Stenella frontalis) that were nearby.

And what a show it was! First we saw some animals hunting a bowl of fish, together with some cory's shearwater (Calonectris borealis). After having their bellies full they started socializing with each other resulting in some acrobatic jumps. If you look at the photos of the spotted dolphins you will notice that a lot of them don't have spots, but that is okay! When they are young they don't have any spots, they acquire their spots as they get older.


Thank you to everyone that joined us!


See you soon!






Spotted dolphins






Cory's shearwater

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