Rui Santos – expert guide and whale researcher

Rui Santos

Rui on the boat

This exclusive small group is led by expert whale researcher Rui Santos.  Rui guides our tour on Pico in May which offers a unique opportunity for you to see these ocean giants in their mid-Atlantic feeding grounds where the sightings have been exceptional over the last few years.  

Rui Santos has a masters in Marine biology and has been conducting his ongoing research in Pico since 2008. He has had several publications and lectures about some of his discoveries on this remote location. He has worked as a whale watching guide for the last 9 years and is always very popular with the guests. He is very enthusiastic and passionate about dolphins and whales – you will certainly learn a lot! On this tour you will have a chance to assist him with his research: photo ID , acoustic sampling with the hydrophone, data collection etc..

You will participate in research during this tour guided by Rui and you will:

  • Learn about the dolphins and whales that are resident and migrating through the Azores and the scientific research that is being conducted here.
  • Help collect data about the animals and see them in “real” time using an underwater Go Pro as they pass beside the boat and help with photo ID records
  • Listen to the animals with the hydrophone – acoustic sampling