Terra Azul Azores Whale Watching is thrilled to announce the beginning of two new research projects they are supporting!
Fadia Al Abbar is starting her PhD project investigating Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) social and nursing behaviour in São Miguel, Azores. This project also aims to understand their habitat use in the region, as well as exploring their mitigation strategies in response to swim-with-dolphin activities.
The goals of this research will be achieved using acoustic recordings and aerial observations by drones.
The second project that Terra Azul Azores Whale Watching is supporting is called MONICEPH, which aims to characterize the diet of Azorean deep diving cetacean species (Sperm whales, Beaked whales, Pilot whales and Risso’s dolphins).
This research consists in the genetic analysis of samples collected at the surface from the remnants of their food (mainly cephalopods).
You can check more pictures from the samples collected here!
The WCA wishes the teams good luck with these amazing projects and we are looking forward to hearing more about the results!
For more information on WCA Partner Terra Azul Azores Whale Watching, visit their website HERE.