The blue whale camp presents the Cetacea of the Mid-Atlantic’s in an impressive way. The coastal waters off of pico are one of the very few places in the world that you can meet eight different species of whales and dolphins in one day! In total there are 27 various species of cetacea of which 20 can be met regularly.
The sperm whale can be found in the temperate waters around the island. Here females and thier calves will spend their whole life. In the times of whaling this occasion encouraged the British whale specialist Professor Malcolm Clarke to dedicate his life to the research of sperm whales and squids. His collection can be seen in probably one of the world’s best museum about these species.
During the excursions you often encounter turtles, sharks or even sunfish. Cory’s shearwater birds often accompany dolphins and can dive up to ten meters into the ocean. It is certainly a very impressive experience to meet an emerging “Cagaro” (the bird’s name in Portuguese) while snorkelling with the dolphins. The Cory’s shearwater has one of its rare hatcheries in the Atlantic at the island of Pico. Its breeding burrows are found among lava rocks which are discovered during a night walk. While the birds fly above the heads of the participants they impress the group with their mating calls echoing through the night.
Besides the whales and the animals of the deep sea you undertake trips exploring marine life along the coast. In order to bring you close to this habitat we work with biologists from the University of Bochum who are at Pico at this time of the year. The endemic Azores Noctule (Nyctalus azoreum) can already be seen in the afternoon. You search for this bat and spend a night at the beach of the Cory’s shearwaters. You can be sure that it won’t get boring at all during this trip. Pico Mountain is calling with its 2,351 meters and asking to be climbed. Moreover you can discover the longest lava cave in Europe and then go for a hike in the designated world heritage site of picturesque vineyards.