Orcas pass north of Lisbon

Orcas pass north of Lisbon

 On January 12th 2020 our colleagues from AWF spotted a group of orcas off Peniche going north. The cellphone videos is very pixilated and makes the photo-ID task almost impossible. However it is possible to recognise in one of the videos, the matriarch Toni 011. These orcas very likely belong to the Iberian population and […]

European Capital of Dolphins

European Capital of Dolphins

It is known in the Lisbon folklore there were dolphins off Lisbon in the past. As the story tells, they went away in the 70s due to the increasing pollution in the Tagus river. Before the founding of ECCO Ocean (which owns Lisbon Dolphins), back in 2014 APCM (Association for the Sea Sciences) dug in […]

ECCO Ocean under Lisbon Dolphins

ECCO Ocean under Lisbon Dolphins

We would like to announce that from today on we will be conducting our expedition tours under the flag of Lisbon Dolphins! Lisbon Dolphins is the touristic brand of ECCO Ocean, and it will make it easier for costumers to remember, write our name and to find us online. The name ECCO Ocean will be […]

Orcas in Lisbon

Orcas in Lisbon

On the past Monday, 6th of August we found a group of orcas few miles off Lisbon feeding of fish along with common dolphins. These individuals belong to a known group from the Gibraltar population, the Bartolo pod. Only individuals from 51’s matriline were present (50, 51,52 and an unknown baby). These orcas usually feed […]

Whale in Lisbon

Whale in Lisbon

In the last expeditions we had been seeing whales, 2h away from Lisbon. We are convinced that’s a minke whale, the 2nd smallest species of the baleen whales. It is very hard to photograph as this individual is very invasive and unpredictable, making a rigorous identification very difficult. Minke whales had been

Three species at once

Three species at once

Today in our Bartholomew Diaz expedition – Dolphin Watching from Lisbon we sighted 3 different cetacean species! The harbour porpoise was the first one, a very shy pair surfaced near the port side of our sailing trimaran. Their small size and near triangular dorsal fin is very characteristic enabling their identification. After and hour and […]

Megaptera is already operating!

Megaptera is already operating!

Good news for our research projects and for the explorers who want to join us in our expeditions. Our vessel is finally registered and already operating! Our first guest tried our Pigafetta’s Note – Adrenaline Sailing pack. We participated in the Christmas regatta, where after a disastrous start we managed to recovered 7 places back! […]

Orcas in Costa da Caparica

Orcas in Costa da Caparica

In the past day 4, we spot orcas off Costa da Caparica. We still din’t got the boat ready but that didn’t stop us, with got a ride from our neighbour, Terra Incógnita and we went to intersect them with a clue from our friends at Bolhas tours. One big male Morales, 4 females one male juvenile (so […]

Biologists in sight

Biologists in sight

Biologists in sight were the first of many environmental education activities to be developed by ECCO Ocean! An activity in partnership with the Sea Sciences Association and the Museum of Natural History and Sciences, where the 30 participants could have a glimpse of what it is like to be cetologist (biologist studying dolphins and whales). […]

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