24 / 6 / 2016
Yesterday, we encountered a well-known group of dolphins off Piran, consisting of several females with newborn calves. One of these females was Moni, first sighted back in 2003. Her tiny baby was swimming alongside its mother somewhat clumsily, which is quite typical for recently born calves. As a reminder, Morigenos has been studying and monitoring this dolphin population along the Slovenian coast, the Gulf of Trieste and Istria since 2002. Identification of individual dolphins allows us to gain a more detailed insight into their lives, so many individuals are well known to us. Such information is vital for long-term and effective conservation of dolphins and their environment. We wish Moni and her calf all the best and hope to see them often in the upcoming months. If you spot dolphins in the Gulf of Trieste, please let us know by calling +386 31 77 10 77!
4 / 6 / 2016
Dolphin in the port
Colleagues from Italy informed us of a dolphin that was spotted inside the Monfalcone port, so we headed there to check things out. We determined that the animal is an adult bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus
), a regular species in this area. Morigenos has been studying and monitoring the population in the Gulf of Trieste for the past 14 years, and we know most individuals very well. Based on photographs of the dorsal fin, we determined that this animal is not one of about 150 dolphins that we already know from this region. The dolphin looks emaciated, but we currently do not know what its health condition is. In such cases, it is very important not to try and force the animal out to open sea. Even though this is often the first instinct to many people, it is in fact the worse thing we can do for the animal. It is vital not to harass the animal or attempt to approach it at all costs. We were glad to see that local spectators behaved very responsibly. We will keep monitoring the situation, and we have provided our recommendations to our Italian colleagues and the local coast guard.
24 / 5 / 2016
Summer research camps 2016
Seize the opportunity to get to know the research and conservation of dolphins and sea turtles in the Slovenian sea and the surrounding waters first hand - join us at this year's international summer research camps in Piran!
Summer research camps are an internship programme on marine mammals and marine conservation biology for students from Slovenia and other countries in the region.
As part of our research team you will be able to observe dolphins and sea turtles in their natural habitat, learn about research methods and through fieldwork and cooperation in data collection contribute to the long-term protection of these species in the northern Adriatic.
Research camps will take place from 13th of June to 7th of September. The price of a 10-day program, which includes accommodation and food in a research-based societies, field work, lectures, expert guidance and training, and accident insurance, amounts to 430 € (including tax).
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As the number of participants is limited, please, hurry up with your application.
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