The waters off the coast of Slovenia and the Gulf of Trieste in the northern Adriatic Sea are home to a resident population of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). The research carried out by Morigenos over the past 20 years has shown that about 150-200 dolphins live here year-round, using these waters for all essential life activities. Moreover, they display remarkable social behaviour that was previously unknown in this species.
Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society aims at combining scientific research, education, public awareness, capacity building and management, to achieve effective conservation of the marine environment. Since 2003, Morigenos has been organising yearly Dolphin Research Courses, where anyone can become a member of the research team and help study dolphins in their natural environment. Join the research team in the beautiful Slovenian town of Piran and experience the life of a dolphin researcher.
Each day, you’ll head out to sea to search for these charismatic marine mammals. You’ll record their movements, behaviour and environmental data, and learn about dolphin research techniques including photo-identification, land-based work, boat-based surveys and behavioural observations. You will also collect information on loggerhead sea turtles spotted in the field – the area is an important foraging ground for the species.
Your participation directly supports the ongoing long-term research and conservation of dolphins and marine ecosystems in the northern Adriatic Sea.
If you like being outdoors and near the water, if you want to be part of a positive change, if you appreciate nature and wildlife, and if want to take active part in studying and protecting it, then this course just might be something for you!