Whales

b_230_0_16777215_00_images_articles_kashalot_3.jpgIn the region of the Azores live 23 species of whales - blue, sei whale, fin whale, humpback whale, killer whales, sperm whales, etc. Pico Island is located just in the habitat of females and young sperm whale.

Males are sperm whales (and they are three times more females) prefer the cooler waters of the Arctic and Antarctic.

In breeding season they travel to warmer latitudes for mating.

 


b_230_0_16777215_00_images_articles_kashalot_whale5.jpgSperm whale called champions among divers. They are capable of prolonged immersion to a depth of more than 1 km, lasting over an hour. And they do it almost completely vertical.

In May and June, near the islands are the migration path and other whales. Almost 80 years on the islands there was whaling, and in the early 20-th century it was a major for most locals.

At Lajes has a museum which introduces the history of whales and hunting for them. Today, the Azores offer full protection to whales and dolphins.


One of the major tourist attractions on the Island of Pico is whale watching.

Travel agencies organize 3-4 hours tours by special fast boat, almost they guarantee a meeting with a whale and dolphin.


b_230_0_16777215_00_images_articles_kashalot_4.jpgBefore the trip is preceded by a briefing, which will allow you to learn more about the biology and behavior of whales and dolphins.

Sound goes about 4 times faster in water than in air and can goes long distances. Some agents use a hydrophone (underwater microphone) so you can listen to the voice of whales and dolphins out of their world - the ocean.

Weather on the island of Pico

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