Dolphins & Whales, Italy

he research focuses on the spectacularly large fin whale as well as on sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales, striped andbottlenose dolphins.  We have places for Cetacean Volunteer Researchers to join for one or more weeks from May to September of every year.

Individuals, groups, families and students doing research all welcome.

Cost for food, accommodation on board the research boat, programme materials, equipment, scientific lectures & training; from £770.

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 onsperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales, striped and bottlenose dolphins.

The Project
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.

Description
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 (e.g. recording cetaceans number and behaviour at regular intervals, preliminary analysis of cetaceans digital photos, etc).