Introduction to cetaceans 

This Workshop is lectured in English.

Theoretical and practical workshop about the marine mammals of continental Portugal.

This workshop provides an introduction to the study of marine mammals, in particular whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Participants will gain general knowledge about the different species of cetaceans, particularly the ones occurring around mainland Portugal, cetacean biology, species identification, study methodologies and the impacts of anthropogenic activities.


1st DAY - 5th of June


Welcome session at AIMM's Field Station 

10:30 - 13:30 

Theoretical classes:

  - General biology of cetaceans

  - Cetacean species identification

  - Cetacean study methodologies

13:30 - 14:30

Pause for lunch (meal included)

14:30 - 17:30

Theoretical classes:

   - Observing wild cetaceans

   - Threats to cetaceans

   - Cetacean conservation - case studies

Preparation of the field trip 

2nd DAY - 5th of June

09:00 - 12:00

Field trip on board r/v Ketos

12:30 - 15:00

Pause for lunch (meal included) + free time

15:00 - 17:00


17:00 - 17:30 

Closing session

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 involved in different research projects of AIMM, one of them being the photo identification of orcas seen in the Algarve.


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 research assistant and skipper at AIMM.


Date and duration:

5th of June from 10:00h to 17:30h GMT+1
6th of June from 09:00h to 17:30h GMT+1



180€ (includes 2 meals)


AIMM's Field Station in Albufeira, Algarve - Portugal




Bank transfer:

Beneficiary name: AIMM Portugal

Address: Rua Maestro Frederico de Freitas, N15 – 1, 1500-399 Lisboa, Portugal

IBAN: PT50 0018 0003 2272 0882 0201 5


Bank: Banco Santander Totta, SA

Bank address: Largo Frei Heitor Pinto, 7 A/B 1700-000, Lisbon, Portugal


Revolut: +351 916 528 654

MBway: +351 916 528 654


To apply, please send an email to with the subject: "Presential Workshop - Introduction to the cetaceans


Certification provided on completion of the course.

Number of participants: minimum 3 and maximum of 6.

No previous experience or knowledge in this field required.

Minimal age 16 years old.

Due to COVID-19, specific and strict health & safety rules will be implemented. More info.