Whale Watching Paradise in the mid-Atlantic
Lying in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, the Azores represent the emerging peaks of a
huge submarine mountain chain known as the 'Mid-Atlantic Ridge'
that divides the entire length of the ocean from North to South.
Bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf stream the islands unique landscape, nature and rich marine life
are tightly connected to their origin and geographic location.
For all those seeking close encounters with whales and swims with dolphins, the incredibly
abundant marine life will not disappoint.
More than 20 species of cetaceans either inhabit the waters around Pico Island or pass by them
along their migratory routes.
Known in the past as an important ground for Sperm whale hunting, since the mid 80's the Azores have become
one of the best case studies of how the presence of whales and dolphins can be turned
into an ecologically sustainable business with great educational value and full protection granted to the animals.