13 million people go whale watching each year. Why?
If you’ve ever seen a whale rise up from the ocean, its giant tail floating in the air before smacking the water’s surface with a massive splash, you’ll understand the thrill, the beauty, and the love people have for these immense friends of the sea.
What a wonderful feeling watching a pod of dolphins swim and leap alongside your boat, greeting us and making this delightful connection!
What other group of animals welcomes us like this?
Whales and dolphins – cetaceans – are so special, it’s a joy just knowing they are out there, as we anticipate the moment we can greet them.
But who protects these wonderful creatures and ensures their survival?
The WCA – the World Cetacean Alliance – is the organization devoted to the protection of whales and dolphins throughout the world’s oceans, seas, and rivers. It is the powerful voice speaking out for the whales and marine life of our planet. And we at Futurismo are a proud partner of this important alliance.
In more than 35 countries, individuals and businesses who are passionate about the health of our marine life have come together through the WCA, creating campaigns to raise awareness and practical measures to ensure our cetaceans survive… and thrive.
As part of a longer-term plan to look at the potential for a global accreditation scheme for responsible whale and dolphin watching, review 200 whale and dolphin watching videos from the perspective of whether the cetaceans are exhibiting ‘choice and control’. Present review findings at WhaleFest’s WCA meeting.
Trial a joint educational initiative in which Partners across the world share the theme of ‘nets’ – bycatch and entanglement; with associated positive actions for customers to take.
Execute a series of cross-promotional activities using social media
Create a database of whale watchers interested in news on responsible whale watching.
For more information on the World Cetacean Alliance please visit their page:
Here’s a fun way to discover whale and dolphin watching tours throughout the world – the WCA Responsible Whale Watching app. Just download it to your device for the latest info on the best and most responsible companies and tours.
JOIN US FOR WHALE WATCHING WITH A DIFFERENCE
You can see first-hand the work we do with the WCA when you join our whale watching tours. Sure, we have lots of fun finding, enjoying, and photographing our cetacean friends leap and breach near our vessels. But at the same time, our on-board marine biologists are busy observing, making notes and taking data points on the whales’ identities and behaviors.
This information is shared with our other WCA partners and together we discover important scientific patterns about the whales.
It’s a thrill for us to do this work and further understand the social and survival instincts of our favorite sea creatures. It also better helps us to protect and preserve their natural environment, ensuring they prosper. If you love nature and its many wonders, share the exploration of these beautiful whales close up.
WORLD CETACEAN ALLIANCE WHY WE TREASURE WHALES
Viewed by millions – interest in whale watching is growing. We connect with these majestic creatures as they leap and communicate with us
Cetacean culture – for millennia whales and dolphins have been revered as deities, guides, and protectors
They are eco-engineers – they help maintain the health of the marine environment, boosting iron and nitrogen to the ecosystem
They are globetrotters – some of the large whales undertake long migrations of more than 10,000 km (6,200 mi)
Help reduce the impact of climate change – they reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere
Cetaceans have sophisticated social societies – some have shown to possess an intelligence akin to apes and elephants. Culturally, they perform songs, have customs and exhibit social behavior that is even passed through generations, especially for sperm whales
Some are disappearing – hunting, capturing them for captivity, fishing nets, and plastic waste all threaten our precious whales
Our marine biologists share their knowledge about the species seen in the Azores. We also collect data for scientific research.