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Spermwhale art in the Azores, by Joost van Uffelen

Whaling in the Azores

Our trip back to the Azores has come and gone so fast! It was so great to be back on Pico to meet up with old friends and new.

We felt privileged to be part of the CW Azores family once more.

This time we got a great impression of how the islands made their transition from the whaling days into being an example of what ecotourism looks like nowadays.

Next to that we had some very intimate encounters with the largest ocean carnivore, the mighty sperm whale!

More on that later.

What a trip it was. The seas allowed us to see many different cetaceans, some of which have made it out without being caught.. on camera that is.. :-)

Toothed whales, baleen whales, many made their appearance, although that one ghost Minky whale that chased around fishing boats eludes us till today.. :-)

What to think of the many baitballs like this one?

We have had lots of wind too. A little bit more than hoped for, but hey, we make do with what we get.

As a matter of fact we left the islands just before the Hurricane Lorenzo hit them.

Luckily the (once Level 5!) hurricane was downgraded just before it arrived..

Fingers crossed that the damage will be limited.. We wish all the locals lots of strength in repairing what might be damaged!

(Not easy that synchronized jumping by the way.. ;-) )

Later, I will share some more images from the trip. 

Please check my facebook and Instagram accounts for that!

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Joost loves the oceans, travelling and (underwater)photography. Combining those three elements he creates ocean art, travel reports and ocean photo stories...

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