Biosphere Project Azores 2014 – Summary

Biosphere Project Azores 2014 – Summary

We had a stellar year this year in the Azores–so many sightings! Even though the seas were quite rough the animals came out in record numbers for us. Some days it was all we could do to keep up with the sightings and the paperwork–I guess that’s a good thing.

Here are the  final stats for all three groups combined:

Bottlenose dolphins – 8 encounters totalling 60 animals
Common dolphins – 62 encounters totalling 1429 animals
Risso’s dolphins – 8 encounter totalling 82 animals
Fin whales – 20 encounters totalling 36 animals
Sei whales – 21 encounters totalling 37 animals
Blue whales – 19 encounters totalling 25 animals
Humpback whales – 5 encounters with 5 individuals
Sperm whales – 91 encounters totalling 276 animals

and

Loggerhead turtles – 11 encounters with 11 individuals
Leatherback turtles – 1 encounter with 1 individual

Once again it was a privilege for me to work alongside scientist Lisa Steiner and our volunteers. AND I got to work alongside three other Biosphere leaders-in-training, and it was really great to meet other crazy people like me.

I just got an email from Sebastian Klin, and he sent me some pictures I’ll share here. These are all his:

Common Dolphins. We see them a lot but it's REALLY difficult to get a good picture like this!
Common Dolphins. We see them a lot but it’s REALLY difficult to get a good picture like this!
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Sperm whale coming up for air. They usually float on the surface for 30-40 minutes because they dive so deep it takes them that long to replenish the oxygen in their systems.
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A fin whale (I think) coming up for air. It’s a cool photo because you can see its mouth.
Biosphere Volunteer Crew on deck of the Physeter
Biosphere Volunteer Crew on deck of the Physeter

 

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Baleen Whale – Biosphere Expeditions

Now for the truly spectacular: How often are you out observing whales or whale watching and look up and see one coming at you with its mouth open?

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Baleen Whale – Biosphere Expeditions – coming right at us!

 

Baleen Whale - Biosphere Expeditions - Fantastic view of the baleen.
Baleen Whale – Biosphere Expeditions – Fantastic view of the baleen.

Want to see what we do? Here’s a day’s work:

Whale observation route - Azores - Biosphere Expeditions
Whale observation route – Azores – Biosphere Expeditions

Here are a couple of Sebastian’s nice pictures of our base came in Horta:

Banana Manor - Horta - Faial - Azores - Biosphere Base Camp (Main Kitchen)
Banana Manor – Horta – Faial – Azores – Biosphere Base Camp (Main Kitchen)
Banana Manor - Horta - Faial - Azores - Biosphere Base Camp - Front of building
Banana Manor – Horta – Faial – Azores – Biosphere Base Camp – Front of building
Banana Manor - Horta - Faial - Azores - Biosphere Base Camp - view from the banana garden
Banana Manor – Horta – Faial – Azores – Biosphere Base Camp – view from the banana garden

 

That’s it for the 2014 Biosphere Expeditions Azores expedition.
See you next year?

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