Tag: Pilot whale


Sightings December 2017

And last sightings of 2017! Amazing year because of you all!!

During December 2017 we have received sightings from several parts of the Atlantic.  Sadly, one of the sightings was a pilot whale stranded in Lanzarote. All the group came along before this animal finally arrived on land. But some other happier sightings were reported! Some common dolphins while sailing around the Canaries. A visit of 20 pilot whales while sailing from Cape Verde to the other side of the Atlantic. A caribbean welcome with Risso’s dolphins to one of our partners after his Transatlantic crossing. And Christmas lunch for bottlenose dolphins spotted while on a diving trip or rowing in the Galician Rias.

Great to spent December out at sea!!

White sighting made in August.

Sightings December 2017

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Delphinus delphis: 25.739361, -17.158127
Delphinus delphis: 23.703707, -19.772873
Delphinus delphis: 28.847831, -13.797369
Globicephala macrorhynchus: 14.562318, -31.420898
Grampus griseus: 11.983129, -59.038010
Tursiops truncatus: 42.174345, -8.817215
Tursiops truncatus: 42.239194, -8.790779
Tursiops truncatus: 42.584939, -8.919868

Sightings November 2017

During November several species have been reported. November is the time of the year when lots of sailboats prepare to cross the ocean  through low latitudes following the Alisios, the trade winds. Usually they set sail in the Canaries to arrive after two-three weeks of wind and sea to the Caribbean. At least till mid January, these adventurous sailors will be leaving the Canaries, some of them stopping at Cape Verde, and some others sailing directly to “the other side”.

Our sightings this time were made sailing between Madeira and the Canaries, leaving the Canaries to cross the Atlantic, and from Cascais heading to the Azores. We don’t want to forget neither one sighting made in the Pacific from the coast around San Diego (California). And one surprising baleen whale (probably minke whale) which appeared last May close to a diver while doing decompression in the Canaries.. How amazing this could be??

Sighted species:

Pilot whales (Globicephala sp.), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus),

probably minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and unidentified odontocete.


Sightings November 2017

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Globicephala sp: 27.994401, -16.929932
Globicephala sp: 32.583849, -15.227051
Tursiops truncatus: 38.685510, -10.019531
Unidentified species of big odontocetes: 31.952162, -123.750000
Probably Balaenoptera acutorostrata: 28.909752, -13.666801



Sightings received in April 2017

This month we have received several sightings made during February, March and April. We’ve put them all together in the same map, as most of them were done along a sailing trip between Cabo Verde and Cape Town.

The species reported were:

Dolphins. Several groups even it was not possible to identify the species.

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) reported in the Canaries.

Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus). Very curious ones! They were spy-hopping 🙂

Killer whale (Orcinus orca). A mother with a calve!

Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontallis).

Sightings received in April 2017

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Tursiops truncatus: 27.989248, -16.596222
Dolphins: 8.819939, -23.752441
Dolphins: -1.054628, -22.500000
Globicephala melas: -4.302591, -23.115234
Dolphins: -0.703107, -26.015625
Stenella frontalis: -5.266008, -15.556641
Dolphins: 1.406109, -24.433594
Orcinus orca: -4.302591, -27.817383
Caretta caretta: -34.016242, -14.414062
Dolphins: -35.173808, -7.910156

Sightings November 2016

Here you can find sightings done in November 2016.

Some of them were done during sailtrips around the Macaronesia, sailing between Azores, Madeira, the Canaries, Cape Verde and Senegal. Some others come directly from the coast of Lanzarote (Canary Islands).

Without any doubt, November is a very interesting month for transatlantic sailors!



Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis)

Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus)

Pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)

Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris)

Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni)

Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Unidentified dolphins.

Sightings November 2016

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Physeter macrocephalus: 34.307144, -21.357422
Stenella frontalis: 33.870416, -17.270508
Stenella frontalis: 26.175159, -16.270752
Stenella frontalis: 23.322080, -19.379883
dolphins: 14.179186, -16.920319
dolphins: 16.457159, -21.247559
Physeter macrocephalus: 16.930705, -22.802124
Stenella frontalis: 28.828433, -13.940277
Balaenoptera edeni: 28.826628, -13.901825
Mesoplodon densirostris: 28.845877, -13.913498
Stenella frontalis: 28.852492, -13.925858
Balaenoptera edeni: 28.825425, -13.742523
Globicephala macrorhynchus: 28.803165, -13.725357
Stenella frontalis: 28.788122, -13.709564
Tursiops truncatus: 28.810987, -13.735657
Mesoplodon densirostris: 28.842268, -13.683472
Grampus griseus: 28.880153, -13.684845
Grampus griseus: 28.835651, -13.747330
Stenella coeruleoalba: 28.878350, -13.662872


Sightings December 2016

Here you can see sightings done last month: December 2016.

  • Rías Baixas (Galicia, Spain): bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
  • Lanzarote (Canaries, Spain): Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis) Atlantic Spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) .
  • Cape Verde: unidentified baleen whale and pilot whale (Globicephala m.).


Sightings December 2016

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Tursiops truncatus: 42.498305, -8.859744
Tursiops truncatus: 42.295493, -8.821818
Tursiops truncatus: 42.240592, -8.825283
Mesoplodon densirostris: 28.849786, -13.666992
Steno bredanensis: 28.829335, -13.829041
Stenella coeruleoalba: 28.795945, -13.679352
Tursiops truncatus: 28.817605, -13.890839
Stenella frontalis: 28.861513, -13.667679
Stenella frontalis: 28.841065, -13.738403
Baleen: 16.841348, -24.749451
Globicephala m.: 16.299051, -24.197388

Wishing you fair winds and following seas for the next year 2017.

Thanks everyone for the collaboration!

Without you this couldn’t be possible.