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05 May Diary

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on 05 May Diary

05 May (Written for Biosphere Expeditions) Slot three participants proved to be a terrific team in the last two days. Despite the rough seas and strong winds on theAtlantic, and an ever-bouncing Physeter, we recorded data and captured ID pictures on several loggerhead turtles, fin and blue whales. It was quite gratifying to see team members helping each other, particularly when Friday’s photographer Olga began bounding around the front deck and Yvonne helped by holding her in place on the railing during the animal encounters. Thursday we were treated to two schools of striped dolphins North of Faial, and numerous sperm whale sightings. Again we were treated to calves suckling on the female whales. Friday brought us two large blue whales swimming together, and then the unusual (yet not unheard of) experience of a fin whale and blue whale...

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Alisa Flying to Portugal Today

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Alisa Flying to Portugal Today

I am leaving Horta today and flying to Lisbon. I have a few more things to show you on Faial, so those posts will keep coming for a few more days. Please follow and like...

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A walk on the Wharf 3

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on A walk on the Wharf 3

Here’s my third stroll along the wharf (docks) in the Horta Harbor. I just love the cultural diversity and the freedom of spirit these paintings represent. (In case you missed the first set of wharf paintings, here they are: http://www.motoadventuregal.com/2012/05/a-walk-on-the-wharf-1/ and http://www.motoadventuregal.com/2012/05/a-walk-on-the-wharf-2/‎)               Please follow and like...

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Blue Whale Fluking

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Blue Whale Fluking

I’m told this is a very rare occurrence–a blue whale fluking. Nuno, our skipper, has never seen one do it in the 9 years he’s been skippering this boat. Blue whales are the largest mammals in the world, and an amazing sight to see! The whale went on and on forever–over 30 meters! (Almost 100 feet for us non-metric folks). After all the problems with bad weather and poor visibility for this last group, we got the day of a lifetime yesterday when we got to see THREE blue whales. Usually solitary swimmers, two were swimming together in towards shore, and one further out. Luckily, we got good ID pictures for all three. ENJOY! It this link does not come through in your email, you can click over to YouTube and see the video here: http://youtu.be/qYVxys4oTiQ Please follow and...

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Diary 02 May

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Diary 02 May

2 May (written for Biosphere Expeditions) The weather remains challenging as is the visibility and wind, and the team members have had to remain flexible. We had an unusual – and sad – sighting on Sunday when we saw a dead common dolphin. It was missing its tail, and we assume it got caught in a fishing net even though the tuna fisherman here in the Azores use hooks and not nets. Monday was the best day on the water for this slot so far – we saw Risso’s dolphins breaching, a giant sun fish, a loggerhead turtle, and a group of fourteen sperm whales with calves! (start Alisa’s blog commentary and pics–I did not show the dead dolphin to the Biosphere readers)   And here is something cool…sometimes there is a ship anchored outside the harbor. I’m told it’s...

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Horta at Night

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Horta at Night

I got caught in the rain the other night walking back to our base camp, and suddenly it occurred to me how magical this town is at night. (Can you tell I am in love with Horta?!?) Enjoy the gentle pictures the soft rain inspired.                     Please follow and like...

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