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|14-07-2019| Sperm whales, Bottlenose dolphins and Common dolphins: 3 expeditions in Faial, Azores

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

It was a long day for the Naturalist.pt research team! The Azorean whales and dolphins presented us unique moments. Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops trunctus) and Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) were observed during this day throughout the different expeditions. The presence of Cory's Shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) and Portuguese Man of War (Physalia physalis) were observed and the visual transects were made in order to collect abundances.

The Sperm whales pod have been around for a few days, and lead by a large female, observed with a 1-2 year old calf. The fluke of the adult female had several cuts that will be use as an important morphological character that will allow the identification of this large whale.


SPERM WHALES









Dr. José Nuno explaining the interesting morphology and ecology aspects of the Portuguese Man of War.


BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS

Bottlenose dolphins socializing. Group mainly composed by females and juveniles.








Our Marine Biologist, Maria giving information about Sperm whales communication.


COMMON DOLPHINS






Thanks to all the Naturalist explorers that helped us with their enthusiasm and sponsorship!



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