Contribute to marine mammals’ conservation by watching and studying whales and dolphins
An opportunity of a lifetime to meet eight species in the sunny and warm Mediterranean
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Observe whales and dolphins in their natural environment and make a contribution towards their survival and conservation. The Cetacean Sanctuary Research (CSR) program it is an exciting opportunity to meet whales and dolphins in the wild together with expert biologists.
Research cruises in the north western Mediterranean, Italy, are aimed at the study of eight cetacean species, including fin whales, sperm whales and several dolphins. The study area lies within the Pelagos Sanctuary, the world’s first High Seas marine protected area, which hosts one of the highest concentrations of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean.
This is much more than whale watching: you will be involved in all activities conducted in the field and help collect data at sea, although no previous knowledge is required.
The 6 day cruises take place between May and September during the sunny and warm Mediterranean summer. Participants are hosted on the motor-sailer “Pelagos”, which accommodates a maximum of 11 participants, 4 researchers and a skipper.
Tethys cruises are run by an experienced team of biologists and are ideal for anyone with an interest in wildlife and marine conservation. English is the official language on board.
Special attention will be given to science students wishing to gain experience in the field and in applied methodologies (including photo-identification, behavioural sampling and remote tracking). There is the possibility to get discounts and to obtain tuition credits (ECTS).
Enjoy an amazing experience: anyone can help cetacean conservation.
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