Weekly Update November #2

In the past week we did not found dolphins.. but we found their close cousins! We sighted no real dolphin species, only managed to find some harbour porpoises. (picture)

On average, we had 8 guests per dolphin watching tour and 0 seasickness cases. Sea state was on average sea state 1.

This following week we expect near perfect days, all the way until  24th! There is a remote possibility for morning fogs, but probably nothing to worry about.

The main restriction will be meeting the minimum guest number (5 pax), which had been shown to be a problem lately.

Weekly Update October #4

In the past week we found dolphins in all of the dolphin watching tours, 288 days since the last failed tour. We found at least a second group in all tours. We sighted only one dolphin species, the common dolphin. We we also had harbour porpoises and blue sharks. On average, we had 9 guests per dolphin watching tour and 1 seasickness cases, but with the breakfast saved. Sea state was on average sea state 3.

This following week we expect high seas and gale force wings except for Tuesday. Tuesday 31st will be the only day with conditions to go to the Sea, with light wind and waves short enough to find dolphins.

Forecast for next week (w44)

Weather has been quite bad lately.. we will finish this week with only 2 tours made. Meanwhile if you’re looking for a tour next week:

Wednesday 1st is the day to choose, it’s forecasted quite good wind conditions in the morning and low seas.

Tuesday 31st also have even better wind conditions but the seas are a bit too high, we’ll need it to lower in order to go..

All the other days look to be or too windy or the seas too high.

Weekly Update October #3

In the past week we couldn’t do any tour. We almost went out on Saturday 21st, the boat was fully booked with 11 pax, no rain and very low wind. But the Seas were 3m high, our Rorqual can easily handle these kind of seas, as she has a hull designed for the ocean. However high seas disables dolphin detection at distances higher then 50m and we were the only boat going out we decided not to go, as the probability of finding dolphins were lower that we felt comfortable.

This following week we expect rainy and windy days, with high seas after Wednesday. At this moment Wednesday is the only day with good conditions, light wind, seas of 1.8m high and scattered showers on land.

Weekly Update October #2

In the past week we found dolphins in all of the dolphin watching tours, 274 days since the last failed tour. We found at least a third group in all tours but one. We sighted sharks, sunfishes and 3 dolphin species, the common dolphin, striped dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. On average, we had 9 guests per dolphin watching tour and 2 seasickness cases. Sea state was on average sea state 0.

This following week we stormy weather all the way to the weekend. The weekend has near perfect weather conditions but the waves will still be very high until Sunday. There will be only a tour on Saturday.

Weekly Update September #5

In the past week we found dolphins and whales in all of the dolphin watching tours. We found 3 different cetacean species in all tours but one (2 species). We sighted 3 dolphin species, the common dolphin, striped dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. We we also had harbour porpoises and all days with Fin Whales. (picture) On average, we had 8 guests per dolphin watching tour and 4 seasickness cases. Sea state was on average sea state 0.

This following week we expect near perfect mornings all week. Thursday 5th we might get some morning fog.

Weekly Update September #2

In the past week we found dolphins in all of the dolphin watching tours. We found at least a second group in all tours but one. We sighted 2 dolphin species, the common dolphin and striped dolphins. We we found harbour porpoises.

On average, we had 9 guests per dolphin watching tour and 1 seasickness case. Sea state was on average sea state 1.

The dolphins kept away from the river for all week except for yesterday (Sep. 10th) and on a preliminary analysis none of the regular individuals were found. We will have to check how this goes to see if we open the river tours.

This following week we expect near perfect mornings until the weekend and probably with the return of the sun. The weekend will be a bit windy and with slim chances of rain. From now, there is no need to cancel the tours.

Weekly Update September #1

In the past week we found dolphins in all of the dolphin watching tours. We took one hour or more to find the first dolphin group. We sighted 2 dolphin species, the common dolphin and the striped dolphin. We we also had harbour porpoises. There weren’t seen nor reported dolphins in river.

On average, we had 10 guests per dolphin watching tour and 2 seasickness cases. Sea state was on average sea state 2.

This following week we will be closed until Wednesday 6th due to bad weather. It will be followed by very good sea conditions but with risk of fog for Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th. There is risk of showers for Friday 8th and Sunday 10th.

River tours are all cancelled until 18th, due to dolphins had been missing from the river for over a week.

Weekly Update August #4

In the past week we found dolphins in all but one of the dolphin watching tours. The tour without dolphins, we got too much wind (bft4) and only managed to see a Fin Whale that day. We sighted 3 dolphin species, the common dolphin, striped dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. We we also had harbour porpoises (picture) and 3 days with Fin Whales. Including a tour with 4 different species.

Additionally we found quite large sunfishes, swordfish and blue sharks.

On average, we had 10 guests per dolphin watching tour and 0 seasickness cases. Sea state was on average sea state 1. In the weekend we got quite windy conditions, ending up cancelling Sunday’s tour.

This following week we expect windy conditions until Wednesday 30th. We still plan to go out in the mornings, but we might have to cancel the tours of Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th. The rest of the week will have good sea conditions in the morning. The weekend might have some chance of showers.

We will open the Lisbon&Dolphins tour, the river tour between 30th and 2rd to provide the opportunity to check the tall ships from the tall ship race.