Our aim at Futurismo is to make each tour an educational but also emotional experience.
Before our sea tours, a marine biologist gives a briefing to inform our visitors about the conversion from whale hunting to whale watching in the Azores, the species which may be sighted, rules of observation and respect for the animals as well as safety measures aboard.
During the activity, our biologists and guides will explain more about the cetacean species sighted as well as other marine life and points of interest along the island.
At the end, the biologist gives a recap to explain which species were sighted and to show the sighting history of individual animals that were able to be identified from the tour.
OUR WORK WITH THE NEW GENERATIONS
Throughout the year, we receive kids from various schools to participate in a sustainability awareness campaign. They have after-school activities on environment, ecology and oceans.
On special days like World Ocean Day or World Whale Day and Christmas, we also offer more interactive activities. We use collected plastic to decorate our Christmas tree, which is made of branches fallen from trees. Kids love it and have a lot of fun.
Above all, they are aware that we can change our habits to protect the planet. We believe it is very important to involve kids and adults in nature conservation projects. That’s why we invite schools and social institutions to join us on the ground. They participate in sea experiences, help us clean beaches and also come with us to clear trails on the island of São Miguel.
CONSERVATION & RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
Futurismo wants to ensure that all our activities are sustainable so that others can enjoy the Azorean nature in the future. We, therefore, try to minimise our impact on the environment and the animals we observe, always respecting the rules of observation.
At sea we remove litter encountered in the water, just like during land in the trails. In the office, we reduce printing and use of excess paper and we recycle what we can.
We also reduce our use of fuel at sea by using onshore lookouts to locate the animals, thereby reducing the time spent searching and travelling.
Futurismo is proud partner with the project Life Priolo, which supports and promotes the conservation of the Priolo bird (Pyrrhula murina).
The Priolo bird is endemic to São Miguel Island in the Azores, more specifically to the mountain complex of Serra da Tronqueira, a protected area in the region of Nordeste and Povoação.
Its estimated population is now approximately 1,000 individuals, although it continues to be listed as critically endangered and is considered to be the most threatened passerine bird in all of Europe.
The project Life Priolo contributes to promoting sustainable tourism in the region and during some of our tours in this region, we include a visit to the project’s interpretation centre and surrounding wildlife area.