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The Porto Pim's Whaling Station, built by the Azorean Maritime Society (SIMAL), began labouring in 1943 during the World War II. In 1980, this equipment was acquired by the Regional Government of Azores, after it was closed in 1974, following the world's decline of the whaling industry. Later, this industrial infrastructure, classified as a Builging of Public Interest, opened the doors to the public as a Sea's Center. Since 2004, the Porto Pim's Whaling Station is managed by the Azorean Sea Observatory (OMA), which established it's headquarters there, by a protocol established with the SRAM, the entity that owns the complex. At this old Whaling Station, you can visit a permanent exhibition which presents machinery and other equipments to take full advantage of the whales. Regulary, hosts thematic temporary exhibithions. At this Whaling Stations, is also installed the Interpretation Marine Virtual Center (CIMV) where visitors may experience a virtual tour up to 3000 m depth, and discover the different coastal and oceanic environments of the Azores. Photo credits to: José Luís Ávila Silveira/Pedro Noronha e Costa