• Sara Vieira

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Another lucky day!


Today we went to the north of #Faialisland. On our way to see the sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) first, we encounter a group of striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), but since our spotter was having some trouble to track the sperm whales, we didn't stop to have a better look.


So we kept our way. Although just a few meters of the sperm whales area, we found at least 2 beaked whales. The sighting was very brief due to the common behaviour of this group of species, where they normally keep a big distance from the boats and just stay at the surface for short periods of time. It's not easy to determine the species, but our team believes it was a Sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens). This species feeds on squid and small fish.


After we saw the beaked whales we went a bit farther and we put our hydrophone in the water to understand in which direction the sperm whales were. We could hear one click but seemed far away so we got a little closer and tried again. This time we could hear the click much better. After a few minutes, we could see a group of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and suddenly we spot a bigger blow in the middle of the bottlenose dolphins. Soon we realize it was a juvenile sperm whale. The bottlenose dolphins are residents in the Azores and sometimes they can pick on other species.


After this sperm whale dive, we got to see another two sperm whales!


The last sperm whale dove and we went to see a sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) that our spotter had an eye on.

At first, the whale was changing its direction quite often, going in circles, so probably was looking for some food! This species can eat copepods, krill, cephalopods, and sardines. At one point a group of spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) joined the whale :)


After a while, we left the whale and start our journey back. We still found another group of spotted dolphins and then another group of striped dolphins and in the middle of this group we saw 2 common dolphins (Delphinus delphis). Sometimes these two species interact and in big groups, they can be found together.


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


See you soon!


Sperm whale



Sei whale



Beaked whale


Spotted dolphins




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