Whale Conservation in the Azores
Start Dates are the 1st and 15th of every month.
Faial Island is one of the best destinations for encountering whales and dolphins in not only the Azores but also in the whole world!
The Great Whale Project combines a touristic whale watching operation with whale and dolphin conservation research, involving guests and volunteers in a philosophy of sustainable, research supportive Eco-tourism. This whale and dolphin conservation project is run by a team of marine biologists who have been conducting whale photo- ID studies in the Azores for over 10 years and focuses mainly on the individual identification of blue and sperm whales.
On arrival from your original destination to Faial you will transfer to your accommodation and will get settled in, before meeting project facilitators Joana and Tiago for a welcome dinner.
During your time here, you will be involved in a range of activities every day, including whale and dolphin photo ID-ing, collecting invaluable research data on sperm whales throughout and fin, blue and sei whales (during the Spring), conducting cetacean surveys from land look-outs, and assisting with boat duties. You will also have free time based on your weekly workload.
Unfortunately today is your last day, and you will head back to the mainland for your connecting flight or commence onwards travel plans.
On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.
You will spend time on the boat photo ID-ing whales and getting experience of field work and collecting research data. You will be conducting cetacean surveys from land look-outs and help in important blue whale research
Gain knowledge and experience on cetacean biology, whale conservation and
identification at sea.
Learn basic boat skills and assist with boat duties, including boat checks and post-trip cleaning
Work with tourists
Developing whale watching naturalist skills and help assist in the education of the whale species to tourists on board and the general public
Conducting office-based work cataloguing and analysing collected data. You will also assist with the day-to-day operation of our station, including cleaning, taking bookings and assisting guests where needed.
Enjoy unique wildlife encounters and have the opportunity to take great pictures
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