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The Azores are a group of nine islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean halfway between North America and Europe. They belong to Portugal, but are approximately 932 miles from the country. This volcanic archipelago offers a combination of spectacular landscapes, nature walks, beaches, small coves, charming lodgings and a unique marine wildlife. The Azores may be considered as a breakthrough in the world of diving. Many of the dive sites guarantee encounters with big fish of the Atlantic and sometimes spectacular lava formations. Often we see large schools of pompano and barracuda. The seabed formations consist of basaltic rocks, caves, and sand plains. Each cave or rock can hold a variety of small animals such as eels, octopuses, lobsters, sea urchins and other invertebrates. The night dives are also spectacular and simple offering the opportunity to observe bank shrimps, nudibranch, anemones, etc. Due to its geographical location, the archipelago of the Azores is one of the best places in the world for whale watching in the wild. Of the 27 species of cetaceans identified in the islands, about 15 are sighted approximately every year, including the striped dolphin, sperm whale and common dolphin. Other species such as blue whales are also often observed during the months of April, May and June.