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By joining us on a whale watching tour you are contributing to valuable scientific research which helps us learn more about the cetaceans of the Azores. Data collected by Futurismo’s biologists and onshore lookouts are shared with universities and other researchers around the world, contributing to studies which develop policies to better protect whales and the marine environment. Our onshore lookouts keep track of groups of animals passing and record information such as type of cetaceans seen, group size, behaviour and dive times. On the boats our marine biologists record more specific encounter information, including type of species encountered, encounter location, group size, group composition, behaviour and the presence of boats around the animals.