MONICET: Linking science and the public

Daily whale watching tours provide a perfect opportunity to collect useful data about cetaceans.


The MONICET platform, which aims to link science and the public, started in 2009 and is currently counting on the collaboration of six companies and one research center.

Terra Azul joined this collaboration since the beginning, seeing the great opportunity in contributing to the knowledge of cetaceans that can be observed in the Azores.


Example of sighting map where different species sightings are identified by different colour dots (left) and frequency graph (right)


Main data collected at sea include:

  1. species observed
  2. the best estimate of group size
  3. GPS position
  4. photos of dorsal fins and flukes

Anyone can access this information in the form of sighting maps, species frequency graphs and photo-identification catalogue.


Example of photo-identification catalogue of bottlenose dolphins 


Please give a look at the site here and at the facebook page here 


Currently the platform is undergoing developments in its functionalities to allow greater efficiency in data collection and enhancing the science-public interaction.


Stay tuned for more news about MONICET 🙂






Arianna Cecchetti

About Arianna Cecchetti

Arianna is a Marine Biologist and was Main Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2009, and Technical & Scientific Director until 2018. Originally from Italy, she sees herself more as a world citizen. Arianna deserves the very best, and we hope she can come back to share her passion for the sea with us again.

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