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CW AZORES COMMITMENT
TO CETACEAN RESEARCH

CW Azores is an official Whale Watching operator in the Azores and also conducts non-commercial research aimed at safeguarding the local cetaceans and other marine life.

Research at sea is notoriously expensive and often represents a bottleneck in the study of marine mammals, as many species of cetaceans can travel tens or even hundreds of kilometres in a single day.

As a whale watching operator we can combine some of the needs of both business and research and make the most of the 1500 to 2000 hours we spend at sea each year.

Our research projects are conducted in collaboration with academic institutions and cetologists as well as private sector companies interested in the development of new technologies in marine life study.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Deploying the National Geographic Crittercam on Sperm whales

The project aims at answering important questions about the biology and behaviour of these animals and is carried out under a scientific permit granted to local leader scientists.
In this picture: Kyler Abernathy from National Geographic Remote Imaging.

Dania Tesei briefing the guests

WORK EXPERIENCE AND INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS

Each year CW Azores offers the opportunity for some students to participate in our activities as interns or trainees.

The internships are most suitable for students of degree courses in the following disciplines:

- Biology

- Life Sciences

- Natural Sciences

- Science of Tourism



The following requirements are considered necessary for all types of students:
  • Fluency in English .
    (Official language of the Team CW Azores)
  • Good knowledge of computers and standard software.
    (Word processors, spreadsheets, etc.)
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Enthusiasm and determination in achieving results and learning.
  • Good communication skills.
In addition, students engaged in field activities (as field cetologists) need the following requirements:
  • Little tendency to suffer from seasickness or, alternatively, good ability to handle the disorder.
  • Strong interest in the study and protection of cetaceans.
    The number of hours spent in the boat is high and working conditions are sometimes far from comfortable.
  • Good divulgation skills.
    The student will acquire knowledge of the biology and behavior of cetaceans, and will need to share this knowledge with clients as well as use it for research.
Sperm whales spyhopping (Physeter macrocephalus)

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens)

STUDY AREA

Our business is conducted among the central group of Azorean islands. Known as the "triangle", the group comprises the three islands of Pico, Faial and São Jorge. The area supports the highest abundance and diversity of cetaceans in the Azores and CW Azores base in Madalena, on the island of Pico, is ideally placed to find them.

The boat trips, up to 4 per day in high season, usually last 3-4 hours. We have a cetacean sighting success rate of 97.9%.

This success rate is largely achieved through the use of look-outs located on shore but also through the use of directional hydrophones and the keen eyes of our crew.



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