• Sara Vieira

|27082020| Suckling behaviour of a sperm whale

We had a couple of days with bad weather, but today the wind drop and we could do a morning expedition :)


Spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) everywhere we look and everywhere we go!


On our way to find the sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), we passed by a big group of spotted dolphins but we didn't stay for long so we wouldn't miss the sperm whales!


We arrive in time to see our first sperm whale at the surface for almost 10 minutes and then it deep dove, maybe to find their favourite food: giant squid. At the same time, together with the sperm whale, there was a small group of juveniles spotted dolphins around us.


Then we went to see another group of spotted dolphins that were feeding. The sighting was very short because soon we found another blow! We got closer, first, it was one adult sperm whale with a calf and after a little while two more adults appeared!

4 sperm whales in total, all of them side by side. We also realize that the calf was trying to drink some milk! It would come to the surface to take a big breath then dive and stayed underwater for a few minutes. Females may nurse their young up to 2 years.


10 minutes after staying at the surface, the first sperm whale that we saw deep dove and the other ones followed! Even the little one tried to go.


Let's add these photos to our catalogue to see if we have any matches!


On our way to #Faialisland we went to see a huge pod of spotted dolphins. The group was very dispersed and divided into other small groups, the team estimated that would be more than 500 dolphins!


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


See you soon!


Sperm whale





Spotted dolphins



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