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|Visitor Stories| Erika Zahn: a german woman full of passion for cetaceans

Erika chose the Azores Naturalist Team in Horta to explore On the 18th of May, we met Erika. She spent 10 days with the Naturalist team.

Erika in one of our Whale Watching expeditions

She was a cetacean lover and her dream was to do whale watching and swim with dolphins.

Erika in one of our Swim with dolphins tour

She was able to se a lot of different species of cetaceans here in the Azores: from the smallest resident, our Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), to the biggest animal on Earth, the Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus). Other animals that she saw were the emblemathic Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and 3 more species of dolphins. She also saw other kind of animals such as Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta), several species of birds as the Cory's Shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) that use the Archipelago to nest and the poisonous Portuguese man of war (Physalia physalis).

The tail of a Sperm whale

After those days between Faial and Pico Island Erika became a friend of our team of researchers.

Erika and Zé Nuno in Naturalist's base


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