The best holiday gift

Yesterday we received the best holiday gift we could have asked for during these December days. As many of you know, apart from studying the abundance and behaviour of dolphins in the Gulf of Trieste and neighbouring waters we also study their health. Over several occasions this year, one of our dolphins appeared not to be in the best body condition, but this can sometimes be difficult to assess from the boat and dolphins also differ among each other. We therefore wanted to obtain aerial footage that would allow us to better assess the dolphin’s body condition. However, ...

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The Mediterranean Sea is not a safe home for all whale and dolphin species

All but two whale and dolphin species in the Mediterranean are now classified as threatened in the IUCN Red List, with four populations Critically Endangered. Morigenos, together with its partners OceanCare, Dolphin Biology and Conservation and Tethys Research Institute, calls on Mediterranean countries to reverse the trend by following and implementing science-based conservation advice. Yesterday, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the latest assessments of the conservation status of whale and dolphin species in the Mediterranean Sea, ...

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Morigenos project as an example of good practice

Previous week Morigenos has been making a video in collaboration with the FAME (Fisheries and Aquaculture Monitoring and Evaluation) team, a group that provides support to DG MARE in monitoring and evaluating the use of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Common Fisheries Policy. Dolphin monitoring projects carried out by Morigenos with the help of the EMFF have been recognised by several stakeholders and decision-makers as an example of good practice. We are happy that this will be the first Slovenian video published on this platform so far. Morigenos ...

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Meeting of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS and the 25th anniversary of ACCOBAMS

A meeting of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area) is currently concluding in Monaco, where Tilen Genov of Morigenos is also attending as a member of the Committee. The ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee is the central expert body for issues related to the research and conservation of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The meeting of the Scientific Committee also coincided with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ACCOBAMS agreement. ...

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Dolphins welcomed the referendum

Today we had this year's first encounter with a group of dolphins we know well and which we otherwise usually see regularly. As we had not seen them at all this year so far, we have been wondering where they are and have even been growing a bit worried. But today, after yesterday's referendum, where the people of Slovenia successfully rejected a harmful water law, they re-appeared. As scientists, we attribute this to coincidence and biological factors. And yet, we cannot help wonder if they somehow knew that yesterday we also managed to partially protect their home.

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First newborn of the year

Last week we recorded the first newborn dolphin this year! We followed a group of about 25 dolphins close to Piran, most of which we know well. One of them was a tiny newborn, only a few days old. The photograph shows pale lines, a result of the baby being “squished” inside the mother’s womb. Dolphin calves are mainly born in the warm part of the year, so we hope to see new additions to this population in the upcoming weeks.

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Photo exhibition in Tivoli, Ljubljana

Biodiversity ... a word that describes nature in all its colourfulness, diversity, patterns, shapes and states. A wonderful exhibition about Slovenia's biodiversity is on display in Ljubljana's Tivoli park until 1 July. It also features our photograph on one of the 80 panels. Come and visit!

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Morigenos - Slovenian Marine Mammal Society has been studying the life of dolphins in the Gulf of Trieste for many years.  This year is important for our society as we celebrate 20 years since its founding. 20 years of projects, hard work, networking, research, publications, learning, education, awareness, and 20 years of getting to know dolphins, getting to know their stories, their lives. For this opportunity, we wanted to refresh our appearance and offer the opportunity to the general public to participate in designing our new graphic image. We have announced a ...

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Summer research courses

Good news for everyone who loves nature, being at sea and studying dolphins. We are organizing summer research courses again this year! Summer research courses are meant for everyone who is interested in the lives of dolphins living in the Gulf of Trieste. You can choose between 3 different dates, but make sure you sign up fast since there are limited places available. See you soon! You can find out more about the summer research courses by following this link: https://www.morigenos.org/en/dolphin-research-courses/

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Morigenos and Bananko sighted after a long time

Yesterday and today, just off the coast of Fiesa and Piran, we encountered Morigenos and Bananko, two male dolphins we know well. We first met Morigenos in March 2003, while Bananko was first seen in July 2004. Both of them are among the most commonly observed dolphins in Slovenian waters, as well as in the Gulf of Trieste in general.  We last saw them in August 2020. During this autumn-winter period we spent less time in the field, due to both weather conditions and the situation related to covid-19, so we have not seen some of our studied dolphins for a while. That is ...

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