Being able to watch whales and dolphins at close range is a dream for a lot of people which turns into reality at Pico. Nearly nowhere else in the world it is possible to see so many different kind of whales and dolphins during one season. The whale which is spotted most is the sperm whale. Thus we also try to spot “Moby Dick” daily.
The waters around Pico are one of the best in the world to observe whales and dolphins in the wilderness. We are proud to announce that the success rate of sightings at the excursions is at 99 percent. There are two reasons for this success: We use an old technique of the whalers who already worked with the so called “vigias” in the penultimate century. Those vigias are spotters on land who observe the ocean with binoculars to find whales. The information in which specific region the animals are currently located is spread to the boats via radio or mobile phone. However, the most important precondition is created by nature itself with the variety of whales and dolphins that find nutrition around Pico which is why we can meet them here so numerously.
At the Azores there are listed more than 25 different species of whales and dolphins. Year-around four kinds of dolphins scrimmage in the waters. Bottlenose dolphins, orcas, short-beaked common dolphins and striped dolphins serve themselves at the “buffet” that nature has to offer. In Mid-June huge schools of spotted dolphins join the water around Pico. Here the animals give birth and often emerge in groups of up to 1,000 individuals. Together with other dolphins, Cory’s shearwaters, bonitos and sword fish they hunt for scads and sardines.