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Pico’s real treasures are found along the coastline which teems with marine life. Pico is among the world’s top ten places for Whale-Watching. Over 20 different species of cetaceans have been sighted along the coast in recent years. Whales and dolphins are attracted by the rich supply of food which results from coastal upwellings along the continental shelf.
The large baleen whales like blue, fin, sei and humpback whales are only seasonal and occasional visitors to the island. Most of the smaller dolphin species, however, and the sperm whale are present year-round although their distribution and numbers vary seasonally.

Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) reach similar sizes to bottlenose dolphins. They can easily be identified by their very distinct bulbous forehead and the numerous scratch marks that cover the body of adult animals and give them a nearly white appearance. Risso’s dolphins hunt in groups of 10 to 15 animals and predominantly feed on squid in depths of up to 300 m.

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Mαrcio Costa

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