Research expedition: whales, dolphins, sea turtles and rays
As a research participant aboard a marvelous research vessel, you will explore the ocean searching for sea turtles, dolphins, whales and devil rays. With expert guidance, you will document the sightings and help to identify the marine animals via photo identification. By doing so, you will significantly contribute to the pioneering work needed to protect these animals in the Mediterranean Sea off the Balearic Islands.
The Balearics Islands are one of the main tourist destinations in Europe. Their natural beauty attracts millions of visitors each year, swelling an already growing local population. Despite being home to some of the most abundant marine environments in the Mediterranean, the impact that overﬁshing, overconsumption and pollution have on the local marine environment is severe, putting fragile marine species and ecosystems in danger of decay.
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) play an essential role in the recovery and regeneration of threatened marine ecosystems. When managed properly, MPAs have a high success rate in allowing habitats and ecosystems the space to breathe, reproduce and recover from human impact. This is why Save The Med aims to help the government to develop an effective and well-managed network of carefully selected MPAs. A properly designed network will have environmental, economic, cultural & social beneﬁts for the Balearics.
Endeavour for the protection of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and rays
OceanCare endeavours to improve the management and conservation status of the dolphins, whales and sea turtles in the waters surrounding the Balearic Islands and thus co-operates with the Spanisch partner organisation Save The Med Foundation. Their expeditions ensure that “eyes on the ocean” are kept to identify any risks or threats to marine habitats threats caused by human impact. They also record the presence and abundance of key species, such as devil rays, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles.
Besides the basic training required to help them collect data and run the ship, expeditioners will also have access to lectures and presentations on-board given by the Save The Med team and visiting researchers. Examples of topics are: Underwater videography, marine protected areas, plastic solutions.
Including citizens, students, teachers and visiting experts on-board our research vessel to observe and connect the marine environment, is a big part of our program. Being at sea for a week, working alongside marine biologists, provides a unique experience and perspective in the world of marine conservation.
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Course language: English