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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Right Whale Sighting in the Azores

A brief story with two subjects I love, whales and the Azores.

On 5th January 2009 a North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) was seen 5 miles south of Faial Island in the Azores by biologists from Whale Watch Azores and the University of the Azores (UA). Lisa Steiner of Whale Watch Azores and Monica Silva from UA were guided to the animal by a land based lookout and recorded the animal travelling in a westerly direction for just over an hour....

This sighting is the first confirmed sighting of a right whale in the Azores since 1888. The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered species in the world with an estimated population of just 300 in the North Atlantic. They grow to a length of 11-18 metres (36-59 feet) and typically weigh 60-80 tonnes.

1 comment:

Faial island azores said...

Thanks for sharing this post. Faial Island is a Portuguese island, Pico Island is the nearest to Faial island. Horta is a single city in the western part of the Azores. Porto Pim is one of the most beautiful beaches. You can enjoy Swimming, Various types of marine mammals and birds around the beach. You can see Cabecao Gordo mountain, Guia Hill, Horta and Scrimshaw Museum, Parque da Algoa or public park. Near Porto Pim there are hotels such as Quinta do Canario, Hotel S Jorge Garden, Quinta do Canavial.