7 / 9 / 2016
Slovenian Dolphin Project visits the Namibian Dolphin Project
After the statistical modelling course in Namibia (see our previous news entry), two members of the Morigenos team visited our friends at the Namibian Dolphin Project
in Walvis Bay. The Namibian Dolphin Project is a research and conservation project working in Walvis Bay and Luderitz, Namibia. The goals of the project are to gather data on the abundance, distribution and habitat use of whales and dolphins in Namibia. We joined the researchers in the field, helped out in their data collection a little, and learned about the great and important work they do. We observed some bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus
) – the same species we study in the northern Adriatic – and noticed some of the interesting morphological and behavioural differences from their Adriatic counterparts. We were also lucky enough to observe numerous endemic Heaviside’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii
) and Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus
). This was a great opportunity for us to learn more about the Namibian Dolphin Project, and for our colleagues to learn about our work in the northern Adriatic.
25 / 8 / 2016
Sperm whales in the northern Adriatic
We received news about a sighting of three sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus
) off Rovinj in Croatia, very close to our study area. The sperm whale is the largest species of toothed whales. It lives in deep waters and regularly performs dives to over 1000 m of depth. Despite a permanent population being present in the Mediterranean Sea, the shallow northern Adriatic is not a natural habitat for sperm whales. Therefore, there is a risk of these animals becoming stranded. If you spot the whales, please report your sighting to Morigenos at +386 31 77 10 77. With your help we can better track the movements of these animals and coordinate potential stranding responses with neighbouring countries.
Photo: Tail fluke of a sperm whale. Photo: Tilen Genov (the photo is symbolic)
22 / 8 / 2016
Morigenos visits Namibia
Earlier this month, a team of environmental statisticians and biologists from the University of St Andrews
(UK), including Tilen Genov from Morigenos, held a 4-day course in statistical modelling at the Namibia University of Science and Technology
, Windhoek, Namibia. The aim of the workshop was to increase capacity and build data analysis expertise in African countries. The instructors received no payment to teach, so the course could be provided to participants at extremely low cost. The workshop was attended by about 60 participants from various African countries that work on important African wildlife and ecosystems such as elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, oryx, cetaceans, bushland, desert, savanna, etc. With the newly acquired knowledge, the participants will be able to make better use of their data and contribute to a better collective knowledge and conservation of African nature.