Whale Watching in a Marine Life Sanctuary

Whale hunting has for many years been an important source of income for the Azoreans and for the Pico residents in particular. Having ceased hunting in 1984, a new activity was initiated which not only did not capture whales (in reality, sperm whales in their majority), but also assumed to be a profitable, ecological and sustainable activity. Whale Watching was born.

According to one of the most prominent Azorean sites on whale watching, “Being in the Azores, especially in Lajes do Pico, undoubtedly one of the 10 best places in the world for whale watching, is by far the right choice. tourism is still low, the quantity and diversity of cetaceans is high, having as background the magnificent landscape of the Pico mountain. ”

Talking about whale watching is not about simple whale sightings (although they are the source of unforgettable memories). In addition to the diversity of the species observed, the visitor acquires a broad view of what represents the ecosystem of marine mammals. They suffer from subtler pressures ranging from industrial fishing to various forms of habitat contamination.

On the other hand, legislation has been produced, aiming to regulate and minimize the pressure of the so-called eco-tourism. The companies that work in the field of whale watching, have as first objective compliance with rules that lead to minimal impact on contact with these fantastic animals. And it could not be otherwise. After all, whale watching is a request to enter one of the world’s largest marine life sanctuaries.


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