Sightings

Sightings May 2018

You don’t really need a boat to see whales or dolphins.. or turtles too! This month we have received some sightings spotted from land in Lanzarote, Canary Islands: a baleen whale heading to Fuerteventura, a turtle swimming very (very!) close to the shore, and a big group of dolphins feeding spotted by our partners Ocean Conservation from the marina. Thank you!

Furthermore, sailing towards Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) one of our partners have seen bottlenose dolphins bowriding his sailboat.

Once again, nautic sports in Galicia (NW Spain) becomes a great source 🙂 This month, Club de Remo Puebla gave us another sighting of three bottlenose dolphins in the harbour. And during the rowing competition “Territorial Norte de Trainerillas” organized by Club de Remo Cabo da Cruz, at least one more bottlenose was around. While coming back from a diving trip, Atlantis Buceo saw one big group of bottlenose dolphins in Ria de Vigo.

And do you remember Viking Explorers?? Fifteen sailboats sailing across the Atlantic organized by 8 Islas and recording whales and dolphins on their way. They have send us their sightings.. dolphins all over! Have a look!

Species sighted this month: bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, Atlantic spotted dolphins, turtle, baleen whale

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Sightings May 2018

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Turtle: 28.855377, -13.810576
Baleen whale: 28.857585, -13.921051
Tursiops truncatus: 42.604617, -8.931499
Tursiops truncatus: 42.606927, -8.892059
Dolphins: 26.588527, -15.281982
Globicephala macrorhynchus: 26.096255, -15.567627
Globicephala macrorhynchus: 26.017298, -16.215820
Probably Stenella frontalis: 16.613822, -25.664063
Dolphins: 16.636192, -43.945313
Dolphins: 13.997370, -39.594727
Dolphins: 25.958045, -24.960937
Dolphins: 15.326572, -52.822266
Dolphins: 14.306969, -56.513672
Dolphins: 28.896496, -13.702698
Tursiops truncatus: 28.149120, -15.356483

Sightings

Sightings April 2018

Here you can see the sightings received during April 2018.

Nautical activities in Galicia are providing us some good sightings last months! Sailing of course, but diving and kayaking, and this month, rowing! Girls from Club de Remo Puebla have seen bottlenose dolphins very close to the shore inside the harbour while training in A Pobra, and during three rowing competitions: one organized by Club de Remo Mecos in A Lanzada; the second organized by Club de Remo Rianxo; and the last during the Rowing Spanish Championship organized by Sociedade Deportiva Samertolameu. Dolphins while rowing!!

One of our Azorean partners, Pure Sail, has seen common dolphins while sailing around the archipelago.

Do you know where blue whales are right now??? Some of them are passing by the Azores during spring. And one of our partners has seen it close to the Azores after 19 days of sailing from the Caribbean. Amazing sighting!!

We have received also a fin whale sighted in February by People Of Hope sailing off Mauritania.

And apart from these, we have received a lot of sightings of the last months made by our new partner Picarus Sailing Club around Tenerife (Canary Islands). They have seen pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins. Check the map here.

Species of this month: bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, fin whale, blue whale, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins

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Sightings April 2018

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Tursiops truncatus: 42.607179, -8.932829
Balaenoptera physalus: 18.307270, -17.380371
Tursiops truncatus: 42.456694, -8.916521
Delphinus delphis: 38.120445, -26.845093
Tursiops truncatus: 42.650437, -8.823009
Balaenoptera musculus: 38.595139, -30.322266
Tursiops truncatus: 42.282190, -8.718982

Sightings

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.

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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

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.

 

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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

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).

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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

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!

 

SIGHTED SPECIES

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.

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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

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.).

 

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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.