• Sara Vieira

|13082020| Rainbow blow


This day couldn't have gone better!


Early morning, no wind and the sun was shining :)


Our experienced spotter told us that he was seeing some whales on the south of #PicoIsland, so we equipped the team of Naturalists and went off to a new adventure.


In our first stop, we spotted an incredible sei whale (Balenoptera borealis)! We stayed with the whale for quite a while and sometimes the whale appeared really close to the boat. It was a fantastic sighting, seeing such a big whale so close to us! The conservation status os this species in the IUCN Red List is endangered, mainly because a big part of the population was depleted due to the whaling period.


After we went to look for some sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), but on our way, we were surprised by a group of spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis). The group was composed mainly of young adults, juveniles, and small babies. We know this because most of them didn't have almost any spots.


We left the group and we went to the sperm whales. When we arrive in the area, the sperm whales were still underwater, so we used our hydrophone to hear the clicks that the sperm whales produce when they are deep diving. With the clicks, we can know if they are close or far away from us, allowing us to get in the right position to see the sperm whale when it will come to the surface.


Between the first and second sperm whale that we spotted, we saw a group of striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), they were a bit evasive so we didn't stayed long and unfortunately no photos of them. We also were surprised by three beaked whales that came so close! Not very common for this group of animals, normally they are very shy and always stay far away. It's not very easy to determine the species, but our team believes it was a sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens).


On our way back we found a loggerhead turtle! A great ending for our expedition :)


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


See you soon!



Sei whale




Spotted dolphin


Sperm whale




Beaked whale


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