• Sara Vieira

|21082020pm| Feeding frenzy

Wavy afternoon between #Picoisland and #SãoJorgeisland.


An incredible afternoon that we had!


On our way to find some whales, our skipper spotted a turtle, and when we got close we realize it was a green turtle (Chelonia mydas)! It is a rare to species observe in the Azores, so we got really lucky! In the Azores, this species is normally found in shallow coastal areas where algae are more abundant.


After cruising some waves, the first animal that we see is a big sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis)! We saw the animal three times and then the whale dove and we didn't spot it again.


However, shortly we went to see a sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) that was nearby! The animal was super calm, staying at the surface and moving slowly. At one point the whale did a shallow dive and then came up with the tail. It was an unexpected behavior!


We left the whale to rest just by itself and went to see a big group of spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) that were feeding. Above them was a lot of cory's shearwater (Calonectris borealis) and great shearwater (Puffinus gravis), that are coming from their migration on their way to the breeding grounds.


In the middle of the feeding frenzy, there was also sei whale! The whale was chasing the dolphins that were chasing the fish!


After a few minutes, the whale started moving slowly and approached our boat, allowing us to see the entire body!!


Already on our way back, our skipper spotted another turtle! But this time was a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and the turtle was eating a portuguese man 'o' war.


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


See you soon!


Sei whale



Sperm whale



Spotted dolphin

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