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Below is a list of responsible whale watch tour operator guides that have partnered with the World Cetacean Alliance and are supporting our Net Effect Campaign…
TURMARES TARIFA, SPAIN
TURMARES TARIFA S. L. (acronym for Sea tourism Strait) is a company founded in late 1999 by a group of Tarifa professionals that have deep knowledge of the Strait of Gibraltar. The original principal activity was the maritime tourism and, in particular , the activity of watching dolphins and whales in the Straits of Gibraltar.
Currently, these tasks are complemented by scientific and informative projects related to marine conservation and cetaceans in particular , developed jointly with universities, organizations dedicated to environmental research and conservation , the Ministries of Environment and Tourism, and Trade and Sport of the Junta de Andalucía, etc. . It is the result of this work the significant support and intervention in numerous courses , conferences and congresses related to this subject .
Currently TURMARES aims leadership in tourism at national and international level , reaching the highest recognition possible both at the market level, and from the point of view of its social and environmental responsibility. Especially if you consider that the purpose of their activity is a living natural resource, a sparse and fragile environment that must be preserved and used consistently by the local community of the destination to generate social welfare.
TITO BOTTAZZI, ARGENTINA
We are a family company that dedicates itself to the interpretation of the land, coast, marine and submarine ecosystems of the Peninsula Valdés, that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Our company is a tourist operator with 25 years of experience in Patagonia. We dedicate ourselves to satisfy the expectations of the clients, offering them a full service, where the conservation of the environment is basic to understand the natural beauty that surrounds us.
Thanks to our years of experience, we have managed to become one of the main companies working in tourism on the Peninsula Valdés.
RAGGY CHARTERS, SOUTH AFRICA
As far as we are aware we are also the oldest marine eco tour company combined with a conservation project in Africa – since 1992. We are owner run and managed and use the volunteer system to assist in our tours and projects. We specialise in taking tourists, photographers, corporate office party groups, TV crews and marine wildlife enthusiasts on ocean safaris to watch the whales, dolphins, penguins and other natural wonders of Algoa Bay.
Our wildlife and whale watching boat cruises possibly cover the longest distance of any ocean safari along the South African coast, lasting for 3-4 hours and covering 50km. This provides guests with a better chance of seeing the full array of marine wildlife Algoa Bay has to offer.
Port Elizabeth is a hidden gem in South Africa for whale watching, and other wildlife viewing. With seasonal visits from Southern right whales, humpback whales, and indo-pacific humpback dolphins. We have the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world right on our doorstep. As well as our other resident species including bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, bryde’s whales, Cape gannets and more. All year round we at Raggy Charters can offer guests some great wildlife viewing experiences in our secret and undisturbed bay.
DOLPHIN ENCOUNTOURS, MOZAMBIQUE
Angie’s Dolphin Centre is based in Ponta do Ouro and was founded for the purpose of educational and ethical wild dolphin in-water encountours that would fund the long-term monitoring of the local Dolphins of Ponta when she moved to Mozambique in 1999. Angie’s love & dedication to the dolphins and citizen science saw the birth of what was to be Africa’s first structured wild dolphin swim program.
We invite you to take the plunge, face your fears & experience something truly magical when coming face to face with wild dolphins; sentient, non-human persons who allow us to experience their true essence of being wild & free while in the company of a small team of conservation orientated individuals who strive to create a safe space for marine mammal encounters to take place in the open ocean. Angie share’s a 21 year bond with the local dolphins having known many of them most of their lives.
We are one of two dedicated dolphin swim facilities in Mozambique and offer research motivated boat based activities which focus on in-water experiences to engage with wild dolphins, on their terms. We strive to create a space for interspecies engagements to take place offer a unique one on one experience with dolphins that works within the realms of conscious interaction.
CAPE ANN WHALE WATCH, USA
Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts provides guaranteed whale sightings for every whale watching tour out to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve about 12 miles off the coast of Gloucester deemed one of the “Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations in the World” by the World Wildlife Fund due to the wide variety of whale species whom migrate to the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts every year to feed on the abundant natural resources. We provide the best whale watching in New England as it’s an awe-inspiring experience which every human being should have the opportunity to appreciate. We make it a very special event.
INSTITUTO BALEIA JUBARTE, BRAZIL
The small historic town of Caravelas, in southern Bahia, is the nearest port to the Abrolhos National Marine Park. The Portuguese were the first visitors to arrive in the region, sailing along the Caravelas Rivers since 1503. Since then, other celebrities have been there, such as the English naturalist Charles Darwin, who was marvelled by the rich fauna, which included the humpback whales, much more numerous before whaling almost extinguished the species from Brazilian waters.
In 1987, a small remnant humpback whale population was discovered during the Marine Park’s implementation and thus Abrolhos was suggested as the species’ main “nursery” ground on the Western South Atlantic. The Humpback Whale Project was then created to promote research and protection for these mammals in Brazil. Caravelas, an important whaling port in colonial times, became the headquarters of the country’s first humpback conservation project.
In 1988 the first cruises to photograph the whales were carried out and the first attempt to study the whales from a land station on the Abrolhos archipelago were made.
Later, in 1966, the Humpback Whale Institute, a non-governmental organisation, was created to provide administrative support for the Project’s conservation and research activities. In time, the Environmental Information and Education Program and the Estuarine Dolphin of Southern Bahia Project were created.