Introduction to cetaceans

- Online Course -


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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.

Start date: 03/04/2023
Length: 3rd, 4th and 5th of April 2023 – 6 hours in total
Fee:  60,00 
3rd of April 2023, 6 to 8 pm GMT+1
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.
4th of April 2023, 6 to 8 pm GMT+1
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.
5th of April 2023, 6 to 8 pm GMT+1
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.



60 € for non-students;
50 € for students.


Date and time

3rd of April 2023 – from 6 to 8 pm (GMT+1)
4th of April 2023 – from 6 to 8 pm (GMT+1)
5th of April 2023 – from 6 to 8 pm (GMT+1)

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 provided upon completion of the course.


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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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