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2012/07/10

Cetaceans in the Azores

Set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores are an archipelago of nine islands that are still in a very pure state.



Set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores are an archipelago of nine unspoilt islands. Sperm whales, whales and dolphins are to be found in great abundance in these waters, which are also rich in fish. Whaling was once an important activity for many of the islands.

Today, the whaling tradition has been converted into a highly popular tourist activity - whale watching, which first began on the island of Pico in 1989 and rapidly spread to the other islands in the archipelago.

Specially fitted boats make it possible to observe more than twenty-four different species of these great sea mammals, an unforgettable experience.In recent years, some private companies on the island of Pico have included swimming with dolphins in their programmes.

Your whale watching adventure is carefully prepared on land by the skipper, who gives visitors a briefing to explain the various species that may be seen, the way in which the trip will develop and the special precautions that need to be taken.

An encounter with the blue whale, the world’s largest existing mammal, is a breathtaking experience that you will not want to miss.

More information at:
- http://www.visitazores.com/en/whale
- http://www.visitportugal.com/NR/exeres/08AEC827-E090-4DFC-96AB-8C7A37DAF06C,frameless.htm

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