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!
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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.
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.
Along 34 thousand ha., the Tagus Estuary is an extremely rich wetland due to the connection between fresh water from the river and the saltwater from Atlantic Ocean.
Here thousands of bird species occur as migrators, resident species, breeders and others just passing through. The aquatic fauna is extremely rich in fish, bivalves, polychaetes, invertebrates, phyto and zooplankton. Salt marshes along the shores are a clear example of the capacity of biological production, of carbon sequestration, as well as of trace metals. Besides diverse ecosystems of the Tagus Estuary, there are also man-made landscapes: Salt flats, Aquaculture basins and all the river fronts. The Estuary was in 1980, registered in the RAMSAR sites as being a wetland of international importance for birds.
In order to protect biodiversity, we have since 1976, the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve (RNET), which aims to protect the existing habitats and species. Given that, we promote a better knowledge to our customers, visit the surrounding cities, show the history of people and customs and the richness of biodiversity.
There is no doubt that the Tagus Estuary is one of the most important wetlands in the Iberian Peninsula.Sidónio Paes, CEO
We contribute to the dissemination of the ecological importance of RNET, awareness and conservation of nature under the code of conduct of Nature Tourism. Our wildlife tour services in Tagus will enchant you with the richness of this wetland so close to Lisbon. Dolphins can be seen inside the Tagus Estuary.
Further on, from the mouth of the Tagus River, the immense Ocean begins. It was from Lisbon that thousands of navigators departed on simple Caravels, Galleons, ships. These adventurers set out to find new civilizations, continents, resources and wildlife.
It is in the coastal zone of continental Portugal that, in addition to the numerous effluents that flow into the Atlantic Ocean, there is the phenomenon called Upwelling, which adds essential nutrients to primary productivity and consequently providing this coastline a highly productive zone in this immense Ocean. Marine biodiversity is abundant and could be even greater if today’s civilizations pressures over the oceans weren’t so strong.
We must help to reduce these pressures through the development of tourism activities that provide greater knowledge of the marine and estuarine wildlife together with environmental education.
It is essential to pass on environmental knowledge to future generations regarding the fragility of the oceans and their resilience so that they can help reduce human pressure in the future.
Connecting people with Nature! That’s what we do at SeaEO-Tours. Check our Boat Tours and be dazzle.