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Sunday, 8 May 2022

The Azores – Blue Whale

Last week, I was fortunate to be sent to the Azores (I in fact sent myself as it's my tour, but hey) for a spot of whale watching. It happened to be a superb week, and possibly the best week Naturetrek have had in this volcanic archipelago, with constant whale sightings comprising four species, including the ludicrous Blue Whale.

I would have been disappointed if my visit had not coincided with one of these ocean giants, but on one of the days an individual was always in view from the land, allowing a full morning and afternoon in the presence of a Blue as it fed throughout its stay.

This was our only sighting of a Blue Whale during the trip, but what an encounter and one that will be hard to beat.