WCA partnersFuturismo in the Azores candidate Whale Heritage Site, continually carry out research on the cetaceans throughout the islands. One important area of research is the photographic identification (ID) of individuals. On each tour, members of the team try and take photographs of dorsal fins, flukes and other distinguishable parts of the cetaceans’ bodies to continually add to the photo-ID catalogues that Futurismo has built over the years.

Using the catalogues, the team can compare each photo to find out which animals have been sighted in the past. One fascinating example is the common dolphin below,. It has been observed over 4 years, and through each ID photograph the team have been able to note the deterioration of part of the dorsal fin.