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REALM OF THE SPERM WHALE 2017
SPECIAL WHALE WATCHING AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME - JUNE and JULY 2017
Please notice: This special programme is only ran in June and July but sperm whales can be seen all season round.

1. TRULY FASCINATING ENCOUNTERS
Sperm whales are the largest toothed cetaceans and have the biggest brains of all animals.
Pico Island is probably the best place in the world to observe these animals and their intriguing sociality.
Although the Sperm whale is a year-round resident in our waters and can be observed throughout the Whale Watching season, this special programme only runs from beginning of June to mid-July and specifically focuses on the biology, behaviour and culture of Sperm whales.
2. THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE BETTER YOU CAN APPRECIATE
3. NOT JUST WHALE WATCHING
4. IS THIS HOLIDAY FOR YOU?

Detail of the single blowhole of a Sperm whale, which is offset to the left!

Sperm whale spyhopping

SPERM WHALE - A RECORD BREAKING ANIMAL

The Sperm whale is surpassed in size and weight only by some baleen whales and it is the largest predator endowed with teeth.

Its diet is based on deep-water squids, some of which can be as long as the sperm whale (although not as heavy)!
In order to catch these squids, Sperm whales must dive very deep and for a very long time. Reaching a depth of 1km is not uncommon and deeper dives have been recorded.
The time spent at depth depends on the gender and age. Full-grown females can dive for 45min but full-grown males can stay submerged well over an hour.

Sperm whales allocate about 3/4 of their day to foraging and spend the rest of their time socialising. Here in Pico you will be able to observe their social behaviour, which includes babysitting and even allosuckling! (females breast-feeding somebody else's baby).

The most obvious feature of the Sperm whale is its big nose, which contains a complex oil that they use to focus the sound produced for echolocation (i.e. biosonar). Assuming they can regulate the temperature of the oil and therefore its density, Sperm whales may also be able to reduce energy expenditure by maintaining neutral buoyancy at depth.

WHAT'S INCLUDED


The tail of a bull Sperm whale Sperm whale tail-slapping
Sperm whales - illustration by Justin Hart (CW Azores Staff)
Male (top) and female (bottom) Sperm whales
Illustration by Justin Hart - CW Azores Staff
The programme Realm of the Sperm whale includes:
  • 7 night accommodation in Bed&Breakfast
    (double room with private bathroom)
  • 3 Whale Watching trips (3-4 hours per trip)
  • 2 Presentations on Sperm whales
    (covering biology, behaviour, conservation, identification and transition from whaling to Whale Watching in the Azores)
  • 1 Guided visit to the 'Vigia'
    (the lookout used to spot whales and dolphins from land)
  • 1 Guided visit to Malcolm Clarke's 'Sperm whale and Squids' Museum
  • Transfer to/from the airport
  • Welcome and assistance throughout stay in Pico
From 27th May to 1st July: 534 Euro/person

From 1st July to 22nd July: 551 Euro/person

(Price based on double room occupancy. Please contact us for single room or extra bed quotations)


PRICES FOR OTHER LODGING OPTIONS

From 28th May to 4th June From 4th to 25th June From 25th June to 2nd July From 2nd to 23th July
Hotel Caravelas
(4 stars)
601
Euro/person
621
Euro/person
625
Euro/person
649
Euro/person
Baia da Barca
(4 stars)
621
Euro/person
621
Euro/person
641
Euro/person
761
Euro/person


OPTIONS FOR FAMILIES

Our accommodation offer for families includes the following options with kitchen and private bathroom:
Rural lodging Houses and apartments

Please fill in the text area at the bottom of the page to let us know about any special requirements regarding your accommodation and/or post any questions about the programme.

Happy Sperm whale family!

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Sperm whale breaching

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