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Marine Biologist for a Day in Azores

Hop aboard and spend a full day at sea sharing into the daily work of marine biologists as you learn about the giant cetaceans of São Miguel Island. If you love the Ocean and are curious about marine research, then this exciting experience is absolutely for you!

Highlights · Marine Biologist for a Day

Marine Biologist for a Day
  • Boost your knowledge of whales & dolphins of the Azores as you search for them in their natural habitat. 
  • Experience the daily professional life of a marine biologist
  • Learn about photo-identification and listen and record live cetacean sounds

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Marine Biologist for a Day in Azores

What to expect?

Marine Biologist for a Day in Azores

Your day will start at 8am at Ponta Delgada harbor, the departing point of this adventure. After a brief introduction from our Team, you will get ready to spend the day combining the search and observation of cetaceans at sea in a zodiac with “office work” on land, learning about the research led by our experienced marine biologists. You will take part in activities related to the registration of the species encountered at sea, using photo-identification techniques. You will also help to collect microplastics, allowing us to filter a certain volume of water to then quantify the presence of microplastics. We will also record acoustic data with a directional hydrophone, which will allow us to hear and record sounds emitted by cetaceans audible to the human ear. We will also seek to collect biological samples as we often observe cetacean skin and stool during our trips. When possible, these samples will be collected and kept for further analysis. All data gathered during the day will be incorporated into our database.

This extraordinary experience will boost your knowledge of the cetaceans of the Azores and your insight into the daily professional life of a marine biologist. A must-do for whale and dolphin lovers!

Please kindly note that the confirmation of the activity is subject to a minimum of 6 participants.  

Price and optionals

Marine Biologist for a Day in Azores
  •   From: € 114.00 per person

Important info

Marine Biologist for a Day in Azores
  •   Duration: 7 hours
  •   Effort: Active
  •   Skills required: Beginner
  •   Difficulty level: Easy
  •   Languages spoken: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  •   Minimum booking (n_ of participants): 1
  •   Maximum booking (n_ of participants): 16

Please bring comfortable clothes & shoes, sunscreen, towel, hat, water and snacks.

The price includes a light meal, raincoat and life jacket.


Marine Biologist for a Day in Azores


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Member of WILDSEA Europe since 04/03/2020
Futurismo Azores Adventures
Futurismo is the largest active tourism company in the Azores, offering a variety of packages of sea and land activities throughout the Azores archipelago. We are a partner of the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) – a global network of charities, whale watching businesses and individuals working together to promote responsible whale and dolphin watching and protect cetaceans and their habitats. We are committed to sustainability and responsible practices. We strongly adhere to the region’s codes of conduct for approaching and watching cetaceans and are also signatories to the World Cetacean Alliance Minimum Standards for Responsible Whale Watching. All of our captains have years of experience in assessing the movements and behaviours of the animals and we have used this knowledge to develop our own additional guidelines. Species are identified before each encounter, we try to describe the behaviour of the animals and then we regulate our approach in response to the situation. We respect that all encounters are on the animals’ terms and we do not attempt to re-engage animals once they have moved away or show signs of stress. Our sea tours are led by qualified marine biologists and land tours by experienced nature guides, many of which specialise in volcanology, botany and Azorean history. Our experienced and qualified guides are full of knowledge about the local flora, fauna and landscapes. During whale watching tours our marine biologists collect encounter data which are later analysed and shared with other researchers.
Futurismo Azores Adventures
Portas do Mar 24 9500-771
Ponta Delgada São Miguel Island Azores (Portugal)


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