Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society is an independent, scientific, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that combines scientific research, monitoring, education, public awareness, capacity building and management, to achieve effective conservation of the marine environment and biodiversity.
»Morigenos« means »sea-born« in ancient Celtic language. The organization was established in 2001 and is carrying out several projects in the field of scientific research, education, public awareness and conservation. Morigenos is officially recognized as “an organization working in public interest of nature conservation”, by the Ministry of Republic of Slovenia of Environment and Spatial Planning.
The central activity of Morigenos is the Slovenian Dolphin Project, a long-term research, monitoring and conservation programme, focusing on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Slovenian and adjacent waters in the northern Adriatic Sea. It is the first systematic and long-term study of any cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Slovenia. Morigenos has been studying and monitoring these animals since 2002 and has documented the presence of a resident population of bottlenose dolphins in the area. Before that, hardly anything was known about dolphins in Slovenia and few people knew that they are a regular occurrence in our waters. By using photo-identification techniques, we have been able to compile the first photographic identification catalogue of dolphins off the Slovenian coast. The catalogue now contains more than 150 dolphins that use Slovenian and neighbouring waters as their habitat.
Today we know some of these dolphins fairly well, as we have been observing them since 2002. We see many of them as old friends that are slowly revealing the secrets of their lives to us. We were lucky enough to be able to watch some of the calves grow and we are always happy to see new babies of known females.
Morigenos is run by enthusiastic people who believe each individual can contribute to a better world and positive changes. The team is composed of biologists, veterinarians, geographers, educators, chemists, etc. The work of Morigenos involves people from all over Europe and Morigenos team members are actively participating in several research projects and organisations all over the world, for example the European Cetacean Society.
Morigenos is a partner to several Slovenian and international projects, organisations and expert groups and is the only Slovenian organization with the status of a partner organization to ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Neighbouring Atlantic Area), of which Slovenia is a contracting party.