The morning started early for the crew. Sebastian and Captain Sid prepared the boat for the morning dolphin watching tour. Never had they thought it would be a whale watching in Lisbon tour.
The weather forecast seems excellent due to the lack of wind or waves. The day promises something different, don’t you think?Captain Sid
With the customers fully checked-in and after the activity and safety briefing, the engines soon started. It hadn’t passed more than 10 minutes and a Sunfish was spotted inside the Tagus river. Swimming at the surface, it soon swam to deeper waters before everyone could take a decent photo.
As soon as the tour had just left the Tagus river in front of the Forte of Bugio lighthouse, a pod of 3 harbor porpoises were spotted in secrecy at the surface. Afraid of our presence, and because Captain Sid (the Marine Biologist) understood the behavior of these lovely Cetacean, the boat let them be alone.
A pod of friendly and playful common dolphins was spotted close by, which got the attention of all guests quite fast. As they are known, this species gets close to the boats by themselves, thus providing the best chance to get a closer look at these wonderful wild creatures so close to Lisbon.
Sebastian, an excellent first mate and great sailor man, identified a strange water movement close by. This also caught the attention of Captain Sid, who sailed closer. As soon as the boat got closer, the excitement of the crew was evident. With the confirmation the crew, our guests finally had the chance to do whale watching in Lisbon.
The whale was big, longer than the boat. A fully grown adult Minke Whale was swimming in front of the bow at a distance, which was confirmed by the Marine Biologist. This is the smallest baleen whale in the world, Balaenoptera acutorostratos which can grown up to 10 meters.
Each time the whale came up for air at the surface, the excitement was evident. A graceful marine mammal swimming freely. That tour proved this was one super encounter with marine wildlife so close to Lisbon, with the best crew. This time, we called it Whale Watching in Lisbon, which made us proud of what we do.
Connecting people with Nature!
Lisbon ocean and coastal fronts proves to be a special place for several wildlife species. From a geographical point of view, it provides diverse habitats and ecosystems, thus promoting marine biodiversity so close to the portuguese capital. Guest who joined us on this Ocean Safari can better explain why:
Dolphin watching boat tours in Lisbon, which normally counts with dolphin sightings behond the Tagus river. This year, during August most of the sightings were still inside the river mouth. We now know the common-dolphins that frequently visited these waters were all from the same pod. It included several yearly newborn calfs.
Besides this regular sighted specie, we spotted other marine species, such as stripped dolphins, blue-sharks, sunfish and various seabirds.
Inspired by the World Animal Protection, we fight against captive dolphin tourism in aquashows. Dolphin and whale watching in the ocean must be done responsibly with professional and expert crew, sensitive to the different behaviour of the animals when approached by a boat.
Our customers also us helped collect garbage from the ocean, thus promoting ocean cleanup. It is imperative that all guests learn how they can help protect the oceans, that is why we promote environmental education on our boat tours in Lisbon.
Connecting people with Nature!
The Algae spring blooms in the Oceans create perfect conditions for marine wildlife to thrive. Lisbon has been a stage for a daily wild dolphin show since the end of May.
The Summer dolphins in Lisbon are in fact the same common-dolphin (Delphinus delphis) pod that have visiting the Tagus Estuary and the Tagus river mouth in the last couple of months. The Sailing Academy has been spotting them every day in partnership with SeaEO
This dolphin is called DC10, specifically because he has a severe cut on the tip of his dorsal fin. Their identification system is based on the dorsal fin (finger print), which is unique to each individual.
The dorsal fin cut, may have originated after an accidental boat propeller crossed a dolphin pod. Fishing activity also affects their lifelyhood, putting them at risk in several situations when dolphins get too close to fishing gears.
These marine mammals, have been sighted in Lisbon at least every day 30th of May. This pod of Common-dolphins has several individuals that are frequently spotted. Their marks or characteristics is evidence of frequent visitations withing Lisbon waters.
Because dolphins are curious, as humans are, more and more boats are triggered by their proximity. In turn, putting a dolphin pod at risk, especially when in presence of new-born calfs. It is imperative to have extreme cautions when crossing a dolphin pod on a boat!
Therefore, it is extremely important to act responsibly and book a dolphin watching tour with expert crew and licenced company, as SeaEO, which is mandatory by law.
AOC | Licença Observação de Cetáceos ICNF, I.P. nº 12/2019
Connecting people with Nature!
Dolphins in Lisboa are more frequent in the last couple of days. A common-dolphin pod was followed for 11 days straight. We had the chance of finding them 4 times this June, and shared the position with other boats occasionaly.
Whale and Dolphin Watching is a maritime touristic
activity that most be done responsibly. These lovely marine mammals have been patrolling the Oceans for millions of years. In Europe Cetacean are protected since 1981, and to avoid creating too much pressure, vessels must obey to a special code of conduct when encountering them.
Reduced velocity, smoothly approaching the pod from behind keeping a safety distance of 30 meters (single boat) and sailing parallel to their route for less than 30 minutes.
During our dolphin watching boat tours we always make sure customers understand that dolphins are protected and we are exploring their natural habitats. This includes the Tagus Estuary where they have been frequentely spotted. Dolphins in Lisboa are always a fantastic surprise!
CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH NATURE
Use the following PromoCode to get 20% discount for regular Dolphin Watching boat tour bookings until end of July:
In the last couple of weeks, pods of common-dolphins have been spotted be local sailors. These marine mammals, have been sighted in Lisbon at least 9 times sinces 30th of May. Today was no exception for Dolphins to frequent Lisbon.
Since the reopenning of boat tours in Lisbon, with all Clean & Safe measures, the customers have been very lucky to find dolphins “literally” in Lisbon. During our dolphin watching boat tour, sometimes we find these wild animals inside the Tagus river. In the last month of march 2020, dolphins showed up a couple of times. This fenomenon, has yet no explanation for the scientific comunity.
In the Mid 60’s, it was frequent to see Bottlenose dolphins in Lisbon, however, these started to avoid the Tagus river due to pollution. Dolphins are extremenly sensitive to noise, in this case, generated by ferry boat engines and other vessels. Fortunately, with the water treatment plants, the municipalities of vilages and cities nearby guarantee 99 % sewage treatment. Nonetheless, recreation boating has increased substancially in Lisbon.
Dolphins frequent Lisbon along the Tagus river in the last years can be due to several reasons:
SeaEO Tours is the Lisbon Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Leader!
Connecting people with Nature!
The National Maritime Authorities and Portugal Tourism bureau has reopened the Nautical Tourism activities, and we really need some outdoor activities! Lisbon boat tours are back again and Wildlife outdoor activities are waiting for you!
As you know, we are committed more than ever for making your experience more clean and safe with us. The preventive measures will allow you to enjoy the most out of our boat tours in Lisbon. Make sure you make the booking online, to avoid personal contact.
We expect you bring joy and happiness to the adventure trips and odysseys we prepared for you. If you have any question, please don’t hesitate in contacting us.
Lisbon Boat Tours Are Back Again!
As the Coronavirus outbreak spread across the globe in the begining of 2020, affecting milions of people, all touristic activities in Portugal were closed. The mandatory lockdown for most inhabitants and closure of non-essential businesses had a great downturn effect on the freedom we were used to.
As governments worldwide and medical staff learned about all this new vírus, it’s propagation and the fight against Covid-19 disease, we adapt to a new ‘normal’ life.
Outdoor freedom tours far from crowed activities
Fortunately, the Sun, Beaches and the Sea are still here and after several months in lockdown, the best thing we can do is enjoy outdoor life with some freedom.
SeaEO Tours has been certified by the Portugal Tourism bureau as a Clean and Safe establishment for our customers. Therefore, we have adopted detailed cleaning and extra safety measures, according to the World Health Organization.
Besides informing our customers on what regards the Covid-19, our trained crew will follow you through the most importante measures for our boat tours in Lisbon.
The Covid-19 contamination prevention measures for our boat tours are split in 4 sections:
Before – As customers checkin in front of the meeting point, no personal contact will exists (hand-shake, hug, kiss), allowing a distance of 2m from each other. Customers will be asked to desinfect their hands prior entering the dock, the cleaned lifejackets will be distributed followed by the safety briefing.
During – The crew will distribute surgeon masks, if the customers don’t have them. Because social distancing with 2m will not be possible with a fully booked boat, the capacity of our boats have been limited to allow enough space.
After – All disposable masks, paper cups or other personal wast will be closed in proper bags. After each tour, one crew member will be responsible for cleaning and desinfecting spots were customers touch or sit with eco-friendly products.
Suspicious cases – In the case, a crew member or customer presents suspicious symptoms, SeaEO will activate the internal Covid-19 protocol. This protocol can be downloaded for more information.
Last, but not least, our cancelation policy is now more flexible then ever. All customers that cancel a boat tour until 24 hours prior to the event will be fully refunded without presenting a valid excuse. In case of Covid-19 related delay or cancelation, with proven document, all customers that cannot attend to the event will be fully refunded.
Safety measures Covid-19 outbreak
Due to unforeseen circumstances related with the new Coronavirus related disease outbrake, SeaEO Tours has suspended all boat tours. The WHO has considered Covid-19 a world pandemic situation.
From mid-March until the end of May we will be working from home and doing some boat maintenance. The national lockdown measures have forbidden all touristic activities and people gathering. Therefore, and in the begining of May, we will evaluate the health and safety conditions at a national level.
When the national lockdown imposition are suspended, we will adopt safety and hygienic measures for each customer. For the health of all aboard with us, returning to our activities with all the precautions necessary will be mandatory. We believe hygienic measures and social distancing may allow you to enjoy the experiences with wildlife we have prepared for you.
We are commited to adopt safe and health measures, by cleaning the boats and informing our customers. Equipment will also be available during our boat tours. Therefore, Portugal Tourism has recognized SeaEO Tours with the Clean and Safe Establishment according to the Health Measures in Portugal
Read some of the following measures according to guidelines:
We spotted common-dolphins twice during our odysseys for dolphin watching in the Tagus river in the begining of March. Other boats also found dolphins some days later. The question relies on what is the real purpose of dolphins entering the Tagus river.
Are dolphins searching for food or is it an ideal place for giving birth? Can the Tagus Estuary waters eliminate parasites in their smooth skins or is it just curiosity?
The common-dolphins prefer deep waters in the Ocean. Their mains food source are fish schools, like sardines and mackerel. These strategies to find fish are strickly dependant on the sonar and communications skills. Dolphins have interesting society relationships, which is the key for their evolution in time.
Some of the cetacean species seen in Portuguese coastlines (mainland), are more curious than others. Common-dolphins normaly get very close to vessels.
Dolphins and whales are protected in the European Union member state waters since 1981. Whale watching and dolphin watching activity in Portugal are made responsibly. Wildlife observation in vessel platforms must obey to a specific code of conduct during the encounter with animals.
Connecting people with Nature!
Travel & Hospitality Awards is a global recognition programme for the travel industry recognising the very best hotels, tour operators, experience providers, and innovation companies.
The awards are given based on customer satisfaction, good standing with known suppliers and customer feedback with strong focus on exceptional service. Nominees are then categorised and compared on a regional basis by a panel of judges.
The main goal is to celebrate success through the recognition of innovation, outstanding service, and excellence within the travel and hospitality industry.
SeaEO-Tours was nominated and awarded winner of the Travel and Hospitality Awards in the category Wildlife Tours in Lisbon.
This award reflects the customer centric approach that we proudly work on since the first day as well the teamwork that we’ve been developing along with our partners and suppliers.Sidónio Paes, CEO
SeaEO-Tours operates in Lisbon since February 2018.