Introduction to cetaceans

- Online Course -


We have a student discount for you if you wish to register for this course! After registering for it, send us proof of enrollment via email to be eligible for the purchase coupon.


This 6-hour workshop, divided into three days, consists of six comprehensive chapters introducing whales, dolphins and porpoises. It is suitable for a broad audience, from students to enthusiasts looking to learn from the start or deepen their current knowledge. The workshop aims at providing participants with a solid foundation on cetacean biology, species identification, study methodologies and how anthropogenic activities impact cetaceans. This workshop will be lectured in English.


We will record the sessions and share them with our participants, after the completion of the workshop.


Start date: 18/03/2024
Length: 18th, 20th and 21st of March 2024 – 6 hours in total
Fee:  70,00 
18th of March 2024, 4 to 6 pm (WET)
GENERAL BIOLOGY OF CETACEANS : Cetacean evolution, their current taxonomy, ecology and behavior.
CETACEAN SPECIES IDENTIFICATION : Learn how to identify cetaceans in the field based on their different features and characteristics.
20th of March 2024, 4 to 6 pm (WET)
CETACEAN STUDY METHODOLOGIES : Find out how scientists study cetaceans and what techniques can be used.
OBSERVING WILD CETACEANS : Discover different types of touristic encounters – the pros and cons; Understand the importance of codes of conduct for observing wild cetaceans.
21st of March 2024, 4 to 6 pm (WET)
THREATS TO CETACEANS : Learn how human activities affect cetaceans.
CETACEAN CONSERVATION - CASE STUDIES : Explore examples of conservation efforts.


Alicia Quirin
After completing her MSc in Marine Conservation at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, Alicia joined AIMM as a research assistant. She has been part of the team ever since and is currently a researcher. She is involved with different projects at AIMM, including the publication of several scientific studies investigating the social lives of dolphins.

Guilherme Estrela
Guilherme is a naturalist and wildlife enthusiast who has been working with marine mammals for over a decade. His previous whale watching experience has allowed him to spend countless hours observing cetaceans in the field. Guilherme is currently a researcher and skipper at AIMM.



70 € for non-students;
60 € for students.


Date and time

18th of March 2024 – from 4 to 6 pm (WET)
20th of March 2024 – from 4 to 6 pm (WET)
21st of March 2024 – from 4 to 6 pm (WET)

The end time of the workshop can be extended, depending on the interaction of the participants with the tutors.



Live and online, via Zoom.






No previous experience or knowledge required;
Participants must use a computer that can operate Zoom.



Certification and recordings of the sessions will be provided to all participants.


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Find out more about the marine megafauna in Portugal with the official AIMM Species Guide.

The Species Guide is a digital guide in English where you’ll find various information about the marine species that occur in mainland Portugal. You’ll find biological information, behavior, conservation status and much more!

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