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22ND BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN HALLIFAX, CANADA

22ND BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN HALLIFAX, CANADA

The Society for Marine Mammology’s 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, the largest gathering of marine mammal scientists in the world. What an incredibly exciting place to be for a small researcher from Europe. From the reception on the first day, I started matching faces to names from some really interesting papers…. Read more

CELEBRATING ONE YEAR OF DOLPHINS!

CELEBRATING ONE YEAR OF DOLPHINS!

Last Friday 13th of October, the MDP (Montenegro Dolphin Project) had the celebration of the first year anniversary. All our volunteers collaborated in the preparation of 6 posters to explain the guests about the project. From our teaching activities, to our equipment and techniques, all the guests could get an inside of our day to… Read more

SO CLOSE YET SO FAR

SO CLOSE YET SO FAR

We all woke up that day to a beautiful sunrise reflecting off the surface of the water. It was a calm day; the sea state was only a 0 in Porto Montenegro and a 1 for the beginning of the survey. Perfect for dolphin sightings. We were all very excited about the boat survey. Learning… Read more

THREE SPECIAL VISITS, STAY TUNED

THREE SPECIAL VISITS, STAY TUNED

The sun started to rise above the extensive mountain ranges that surrounded Bar Harbour and tuna leapt from the water. The team grabbed their binoculars in amazement that dolphins had been spotted so early on, only to realise it was a fish, not our beloved mammals. The boat cut through the small ripples as we… Read more

SMALL BEACH DEMONSTRATION

SMALL BEACH DEMONSTRATION

On Sunday the 27th August the whole team headed to Mala Plaza in Ulcinj. The aim of the day was to spread awareness on the effects of litter on the local dolphin population and encourage beach goers to take responsibility of their own rubbish. The day started with a small group of us heading down… Read more

PORTO MONTENEGRO YATCH CLUB PRESENTATION

PORTO MONTENEGRO YATCH CLUB PRESENTATION

On Thursday 31st August, Dr Aylin Akkaya Bas presented an informative talk to the members of the Porto Montenegro Yatch Club. There was a full audience of adults and children alike keen to learn about the project we are running and the results we are achieving. Prior to the presentation, there were food and drinks… Read more

LIGHTS, CAMERA, DOLPHINS!

LIGHTS, CAMERA, DOLPHINS!

On the 1st of September the research team boarded the Chance Discovery, a beautiful 55ft sailboat captained by Richard George, a knowledgeable sailor and close friend to the organisation. Our day began with a visit from a local television crew while we were still moored in Porto Montenegro.  They interviewed multiple members of the team… Read more

RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME

RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME

As any wildlife biologist or avid animal spotter will tell you, persistence is the key to success. To see any animal in its natural environment takes determination, and in the case with dolphins, who can travel upwards of 60 kilometres per day, being in the right place at the right time. After a reasonably unsuccessful… Read more

OUR VOLUNTEERS TAKE TO THE BEACHES

OUR VOLUNTEERS TAKE TO THE BEACHES

Litter contaminated seas can cause a variety of problems for all marine life – bottlenose dolphins may get caught in rogue netting, and turtles may ingest plastic bags rather than jelly fish. The rubbish we could dispose of properly, reuse or recycle can end up damaging the world we live in. Because of this, and… Read more

BAR LAND SURVEY

BAR LAND SURVEY

5.42am saw the start of another Bar land survey. The weather was warm and humid, with a gentle breeze, the sea was an excellent state for a land survey with a Beaufort of 1 and there was a mild haze at the horizon reducing our visibility only slightly. 1 hour and 20 minutes passed without… Read more