Dolphins, whales, monk seals and turtle conservation

Project name:

Archipelagos (2)

Project purpose:

Dolphins, whales, monk seals and turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

185

Marine

Greece

Europe

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Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation in the research centre/research vessel

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, wifi, refillable drinking water, electricity, toilet (western)

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Minimum duration of 3 months is highly recommended for all volunteers/interns, but placements can be up to a year long.

The main goals of our research are:

  • Monitoring the habitat use, abundance and distribution of cetaceans, Mediterrenean monk seals and sea turtles.

  • Studying the population structure and its dynamics.

  • Studying the behavior through visual and acoustic data.

  • Investigating the impact of major threats, such as fishing and tourism, on the cetacean behavior.

  • Our current work includes the following activities:

  • Conducting boat-based surveys to collect data on cetacean abundance, distribution and behavior.

  • Conducting land-based surveys to collect data on cetacean behavior and distribution without interacting with them.

  • Collecting data about different types of marine vessels, their distance from the focal group, fishing activities and marine debris during the boat and land surveys.

  • Assessing the populations of resident, transient and seasonal cetaceans through photo-ID.

  • Developing an online photo-ID network.

  • Using a hydrophone to collect acoustic data.

  • Creating GIS maps to pinpoint critical habitats and understand the factors threatening them.

  • Delivering first aid to the animals, rescuing them, performing necropsies and collecting data related to stranded individuals (e.g. cetaceans, seals and sea turtles).

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