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Marine Mammal Research Expedition - From the South Adriatic to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea The Marine Mammals Research Association is offering you the unique opportunity to join its Marine Wildlife Research Expedition as... More
Marine Mammal Research Expedition - From the South Adriatic to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea The Marine Mammals Research Association is offering you the unique opportunity to join its Marine Wildlife Research Expedition as part of a ground breaking research effort with various public awareness campaigns promoting citizen science activities. With human demands on our planet growing exponentially, never has it been so important to understand and protect marine biodiversity. The expedition aim to explore areas where there is little known. The expert team of researchers will be introducing you to the wonder of marine mammals, their main threats and the possible ways to contribute to protecting their vulnerable world. You will be given the chance to experience unforgettable close encounters with these magnificent creatures, and learn the essential role they play in our oceans. Moreover, you will be able to observe the scientific data collection process through visual sightings, live genetic samplings and hydrophone and drone recordings. The Mediterranean Sea is a biodiversity hotspot; however much of it is unexplored with heavy human foot prints from to the coast to its deep waters. Due to a lack of scientific research, there are little to no conservation measures in action to protect Mediterranean waters and their inhabitants. At certain points on this trip we are likely to encounter a variety of marine mammals, including the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus), sperm whale (Physeter microcephalus), Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) and fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), in addition to the Mediterranean’s only pinniped species, the endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus). Moreover, as our study areas are largely unexplored, there is the potential to discover other cetacean species which are rarely found in the Mediterranean basin such as Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). All of these species and subspecies are categorized by the IUCN Red List as Threatened or Data Deficient. It is therefore vital to research and monitor these populations in order to work towards necessary conservation measures. For this reason, our pioneering expedition aims to fill the knowledge gaps on marine top predators through integrating hi-tech research with conservation actions. The expedition covers the coastal and offshore waters of South Adriatic to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, while sailing on Chance Discovery. The tour will start in Montenegro and end in Turkey. The tour will be divided into one week sections for participants to join us on-board. There are a maximum of 4 places available using two of the master cabin, forward double or twin Pullman bunks. Please contact us if you are interested in doing this trip and supporting the vital research work of this dedicated group of scientists (as well as having an incredible sailing trip).