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MARE- Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre,
University of Lisbon
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Science & Tourism

"Join us to collect real data!"

Merging Science and Tourism has allways been our driver.

Funded through your particiation in our tours + international funds,

We collect, share and publish data,

We supervise MSc and PhD students 

We study, understand & defend our ocean!

Conservation Efforts are now coordinated
through our Partner NGO

Check for more info on our Projects at:


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Project Examples


Habitat and Ecology of the Azores Noctule

Nyctalus azoreaum

The only endemic mammal in the Azores.

Summary: First long term study to characterize habitat and seasonal patterns of activity of the only species of mammal endemic of the Azores. Originated from lesser noctules (Nyctalus leisleri) which colonized the Azores. Smaller, lighter and with a darker fur it also echolocates at higher frequencies and much of its ecology remains unknown.


Objectives: Understand the habitat and activity patterns of the Azores noctule


Methods & Data: Point counts of 10 minutes, including total number of passages and largest number of animals at sight.


Publications: N/A



Whale & Dolphin Conservation

Summary: Understanding complex distributional patterns, behavioral responses to comercial activities, and data utility are some of the topics addressed under opportunistic platforms.

Methods & Data: Transects, photo-identification, acoustic recordings, etc.


Daily species check‐list from whale-watching. Studying the research potential with an Azorean case study. Pereira, J.N.G. 2008. Journal of Marine Biological Association 88: 1283‐1288.  DOI: 10.1017/S0025315408001070.


This work outlines the potential of the WW daily records for monitoring purposes, with particular relevance for rare and less frequently sighted species. The work was done using the dataset of a Whale Watching company (Espaco Talassa).


The little-known Fraser’s dolpin Lagenodelphis hosei in the North Atlantic: new records and a review of distribution. Gomes-Pereira, J. N., Marques, R., Cruz, M. J., & Martins, A. (2013). Marine Biodiversity, 1-12. online.


The first records of L. hosei are given for the Azores and Madeira islands, with Information collected from whale-watching platforms. The North Atlantic distribution of the species is revised.

"Group sizes, activity patterns and acoustic production of three delphinid species in Azores" Clara Rodrigues. MSc Thesis 2021

Darwin in the Azores. Personal Diary with commentaries

Language: Portuguese and English


Authors: José Nuno Pereira & Verónica Neves, with commentaries of João Carlos Nunes, Susana Serpa Silva & Paulo Barcelos

Sinopsis: Characterization of the voyage of Charles Darwin to the Açores onboard Beagle. 

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