RACA, the "Network for the study of the stranded cetaceans
of the Azores", was founded in 1999. This network gathering
volunteers from all the islands of the archipelago has been placed
under the responsibility of the Environment Secretary and the Department
of Nature Protection. The University of the Azores has been also
taking part in this project for São Miguel, Terceira and
Faial Islands, and Espaço Talassa is the "operational
center" for Pico Island.
stranding of whales, conveyed by the media, often has a great impact
on the population. Carrying out a systematic collecting scientific
data on strandings (date, species, sex, size, etc.) is significant
in order to have a better knowledge of the marine world of the Azores
but also of the whole worlds. Both permanent training of all
the volunteers of this network and field initiatives help to have
an answer adapted to any situation.