Sea Colors operates in a sustainable method beneficial to the animals, their habitat and the people involved. Many different elements are therefore included in our expeditions: general marine wildlife observation and scientific study; passive acoustics; data collection; in-water encounters procedure; photo identification and cataloging on cetaceans and turtles; marine biology; research; education and environmental awareness. All research methods carried out are non-invasive.
For everyone to get the most out of the journey, we start off with an explicative and informative lecture, were you get introduced to the team, our working procedures, rules and guidelines, our research work, the cetaceans, safety and past whale hunting in the islands. We get to know your expectations and we talk about the present conditions and what we might expect to encounter.
As the animals move about freely and unmarked in the sea, their current location has to be determined. That is why our lookouts on land are vital helping the team to find the cetaceans. They spot the cetaceans and communicate their present location to the vessel.
In order to operate in a sustainable way it is extremely important to be aware of and respect rules as well as the activity and disposition of the animals encountered. Whales, dolphins, turtles, mantas, sharks, whale sharks, Sunfish, flying fish and other creatures can be found and you get to know interesting information about them and ongoing research.
Whales and Dolphins Approach
Dolphins can be interactive and playful, seeking the company of the boat and enjoying swimming by.
In-water encounters with dolphins for observation and study is only performed when the dolphins show signs of accepting and are receptive to our presence in the water. If they are with other behavior or busy with other activities that don’t allow us to observe them properly, or if they simply are not in the mood we do not force ourselves on them. This is why we do not perform exclusive in-water encounters with dolphins, but rather keep the option open to the times they show us that they permit a connection being playful and curious allowing us to do a good observation and collect information. This is a way to attain better understanding of their world and behaviors and it is also emotional and wonderful. The same for whale sharks, mantas or turtles.
Whales are often located on their spout that sometimes can be detected from a long distance. Observations of whales are made above water, keeping a safety distance from the animals as well as the best position to observe and collect data.
Collecting data and taking pictures for photo-ID is of big importance in order to get to know more about the animals we encounter. At sea we make sure that we have sufficient data before we leave a group of cetaceans, something that might take both time and determination. Your involvement is welcome and helpful.
Groups are kept small (max. 12 per.) in order to maintain high quality on the experience.
Watching marine wildlife is exciting and unpredictable. If no cetacean is sighted during the expeditions you get the opportunity to join us on another expedition.