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PRESENTATION AT UNIVERSITY OF PODGORICA

PRESENTATION AT UNIVERSITY OF PODGORICA

Montenegro has an intriguing but little known population of dolphins. The Natural History Association of Montenegro has recently invited the Turkish Marine Mammal Research Association to collaborate with them in order to find out more about the dolphins living in Montenegrin waters. The Montenegrin Dolphin Project is born. This is the first long-term cetacean monitoring… Read more

THE BROKEN SILENCE: NOTHING UNDERWATER IS AS IT SEEMS AT THE SURFACE.

THE BROKEN SILENCE: NOTHING UNDERWATER IS AS IT SEEMS AT THE SURFACE.

We reached our land survey in Utjeah with the dark and, as soon as the sun started his shy rise from behind the hill, we set the equipment and divided the respective responsibilities. Except for some flocks of birds flying over a small rock the rest of the world appears to be sleepy yet, as… Read more

ANOTHER ENJOYABLE BOAT SURVEY

ANOTHER ENJOYABLE BOAT SURVEY

It was a sunny afternoon as our research team made our way down to Ulcinj marina and we were full of excitement to go and survey for dolphins by boat. Our always friendly and helpful Captain, Bechir, was waiting for us and had also brought his youngest son on board who was hoping to see… Read more

BOAT SURVEY AT THE END OF OCTOBER

BOAT SURVEY AT THE END OF OCTOBER

A faint alarm roused me from deep sleep at 5 am. The air was thick with anticipation as we trundled down to the marina. Our captain, Bechir, was a warm, knowledgeable fisherman who had been one of the project’s greatest assets since its inception. Bechir, along with many other fishermen, could recall seeing dolphins when… Read more

WEEKEND TRIP TO SKADAR LAKE

WEEKEND TRIP TO SKADAR LAKE

When we aren’t watching for dolphins, we like to explor e Montenegro and this past weekend, we took advantage of the temporary sunshine to head out of our base, Ulcinj. Volunteers and staff rented a car and headed to Virpazar, a small, charming village nestled by the largest lake of the Balkans: Lake Skadar. Bordered… Read more

LAND SURVEY 16 SEPTEMBER, 2016

LAND SURVEY 16 SEPTEMBER, 2016

Come, dine with us! Ready, set, go!!! After the first boat survey, the day for the land survey has come too. With an amazing view of Ulcinj from the balcony, volunteers prepare the theodolite and all the respective equipment for the survey. All is ready: equipment, view and the excitement of volunteers but the only… Read more

FIRST FIELD SURVEY IN MONTENEGRO

FIRST FIELD SURVEY IN MONTENEGRO

September 15th, 2016 Dawn has barely broken and our fishing boat slips into the water at Stari Ulcinj for the first field survey of our year-long cetacean monitoring project in Montenegro. Our captain steers us towards an area where numerous dolphin sightings have been reported by local fishermen and our team scans the horizons for a sign… Read more

OLYMPOS TRIP (CHARLES MCGIBNEY)

OLYMPOS TRIP (CHARLES MCGIBNEY)

Sea Turtles – Sunday 26th of June 2016 It was still dark when we left our bungalow at 5 am on Sunday and headed down to the beach.  We knew that 2 local conservationists had carefully monitored the sea turtle nesting sites day and night for the past few months, with many successfully hatching and… Read more