In July, Ilha Blue announced that they had become recognised as an accredited whale watch operator. They are pleased to update us in sharing how much of a breakthrough this accreditation has been in reducing boat traffic in the area and producing a positive effect on the behaviour of the local whales.
As they are now the only operators in the area providing whale watching tours, alongside following respected distance protocols between themselves and the animals, the whales are no longer changing behaviour when approached by the boat. This is a significant improvement upon the 2019 season, where, due to heightened boat numbers and whale encounters, this change in behaviours was sadly observed.
Ilha Blue are hoping to maintain their responsible whale watching standards and continue to build on what is already a much more positive end to the season compared to last year.