Researching Dolphin and Whale Behaviour in the Mediterranean


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Fast Facts
A project offered by:
Working Abroad
Based in:Sanremo, Italy
Working with:Fin Whales
Pilot Whales
Sperm Whales
Bottlenose Dolphins
Risso’s Dolphins
Striped Dolphins
Activities including:Photo identification
Acoustic Monitoring
Data recording and analysis

Price*:from £640
Duration:from 1 week
*Please note that pricing may be subject to change (check with operator)

Since 1990 this project has been investigating the ecology and behaviour of cetaceans living in the Cetacean Sanctuary – a special marine protected area extending between Italy and France.

The research focuses on the spectacularly large fin whale as well as on sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales, striped and bottlenose dolphins.  Cetacean volunteer researchers will be directly involved in field activities, helping the scientists to collect cetacean data and assist them in preliminary analyses of digital photos and acoustic recordings, while learning basics in sailing.

You will be trained through specific lectures and work side by side with researchers.  During this period you will be asked to contribute to the data collection and analysis (eg. recording cetacean number and behaviour at regular intervals, preliminary analysis of cetaceans’ digital photos, etc).

Go to Working Abroad’s website to find out more about this project.