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Cetacean tally

We saw seven species of cetacean in the Azores. It’s always difficult to be sure which animals we saw on more than one occasion but the following sums up numbers of sightings rather than individuals.

20 Sperm Whales over five days

Circa 100 Atlantic Spotted Dolphins over five days

Circa 10 Short beaked Common Dolphins on one day

7 Bottlenose Dolphins over two days

Circa 50 Risso’s Dolphins over three days

Circa 15 Short-finned Pilot Whales on one day

… but, perhaps best of all …

Circa 13 Northern Bottlenose Whales over three days.

Beaked Whales were the main reason why we went to the Azores so this was particularly pleasing.

We narrowly missed out on a pair of Sowerby’s Beaked Whales and we may have had a Bryde’s Whale but all disappeared before we could get to grips. Sure makes the total of 24 hours at sea in a rather bumpy zodiac worthwhile.

Common Dolphin

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