BLUE WHALE MIGRATION PROGRAMME MARCH/APRIL 2018
The ocean always holds many surprises. In spring, one of them is simply HUGE.
Spots still available for booking. Join us in Pico Island
Our original booking was on a bad weather day, so they managed to arrange an extra trip the next morning, when the weather was beautiful;
The staff in the base is very kind and helpful also with things that doesnt depend on their activities
The briefing was very informativ
When we were swimming with dolhpins (we did twice, because only once was not enough ;) ) the skipper always helped us with our stuff and had an eye on us.
When we were out by the dolhpins, in the end, the animals had enough of us and the skipper respected it and turned back. Even though teh second trip was shorter, we had a very great time with CW Azores - When you're on Pico, book a trip with them. It's absolutely
The team was welcoming and friendly and tried the...ir best to fulfill every wish and answer every questions.
Having joined quite a few whale and dolphin watching trips around the world, I'm happy to say that CW's briefings were among the best. They also showed great respect for the animals.
They will always go for the extra mile to show us the best of t...he Azores waters.
They were friendly, welcoming,
And, just to put a top on it, last Friday with Fin w...hale, Blue whales, Sei whales and dolphins on every edge of the ocean. Unforgetta
Walter and Heike
Sometimes we observe whales and dolphins suddenly changing their behaviour and increasing their speed. There can be many reasons for this and one of them is a group of False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) approaching. While they eat primarily fish and squid, including big fish such as tuna, False killer whales are known to sometimes harrass and attack other cetaceans. Here are some pictures of them. In addition, we had Bryde’s whales, a huge group of Striped dolphins, Spotted dolphins and a variety of seabirds, including Cory’s shearwaters, Great shearwater and Common terns.
All photos by Fatima Sahra
Hi humans, I am a Bryde's whale! Today I want to play ONE, TWO, THREE with you. I am sure you know the game.
ONE? Easy! It is the number of blowholes toothed cetaceans have. If you look at a Sperm whale or any dolphin, beaked whale or porpoise, you will see they only have one nostril.
TWO? Mmm... I guess I know this one too! It is the number of blowholes baleen whales have, including me of course (see picture).
THREE? This is a tough one. Let me think... mmm... Got it! It i...s the number of ridges on top of the head of a magnificent baleen whale species that belongs to the Balaenopteridae family. All the other Balaenopterids have got only one ridge, right in the middle, running from the blowholes to the tip of the snout. Unfortunately, you definitely need an extra couple of ridges to be a real beauty! What is the name of that awesome species again? Oops! It's me!
(sorry you cannot see the three ridges in the picture. Blame the photographer! )
In mid-August we were blessed with a beautiful Azorean summer and a high diversity of cetacean species. Some of the baleen whales are still around Pico and we were lucky to see Bryde’s, Fin and Sei whales in the last couple of days. In addition, big groups of Atlantic spotted and Common dolphins filled us with joy, especially when they were jumping around our boats. A pretty rare species was also sighted, the Sowerby's beaked whale. Of course, our resident Sperm whales have been also a common sighting. Actually, one of them delighted us with a big breach the other day!
All photos by Fatima Sahra
July passed in a breath with so much happening in such a short time its hard to keep up. With almost daily sightings of our "locals" the sperm whales, and the summer weather upon us we had some amazing days out there. Here is a selection of captures from the past weeks. With many more trips on the horizon only time will tell what we find out there!
07-08-2017 Sunset whale watching.
The wind was picking up a bit and it took some time to reach the location where the whales were sighted but what awaited us when we arrived was unforgettable. Common and Striped Dolphin swimming and jumping together. Three Fin whales mere meters next to our boat calmly following us just below the surface and to top it all of on the way back towards Pico we ran into breaching False killer whales!
The waters around Pico island never cease to amaze!
June ended with a bang. 29 and 30 June we still had a Blue whale around!!. The Baleen season has been spectacular to say the least. The waters around Pico teeming with life, the extended stay of the big Blue's combined with the abundant Fin whale's have given us some unforgettable moments on the Atlantic ocean. With summer in full swing and many more trips to come we're excited to see what July will bring us!
It was the 15th of June, halfway through the month and the Baleen season was still in full swing. The sunset trip gave some very very unique sights. From a very early Great shearwater, Northern krill on the surface, a Blue shark swimming right up to us, a Fin whale turning towards our boat and passing just a few scant meters under the bow showing his/her whole body, and then to top it all off we still have Blue Whale's around!!!. All in all a stunning evening on the Atlantic ocean. With so much life out there we can only dream of what awaits us for the rest of the season.
Another spectacular 'sunset excursion'. In mid-June there are still fantastic numbers of Fin whales; and on this trip the whales passed extremely close to the boat as the sun set into the Atlantic Ocean.
The baleen whale season is still in full swing. Yesterday (29-05) we still had a Blue whale sighting! With the waters around Pico teeming with life it's been a spectacular May and we're hoping the big blues and their finny friends stay with us throughout June!
These are just some images of our recent trips including a few from our sunset whale watching.