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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

LAND OF ENDANGERED SPECIES

LAND OF ENDANGERED SPECIES

A new team of volunteers has joined DMAD for the summer and yesterday morning we carried out our first land based survey. This is a great way of studying the animals as we are able to carry out data analysis on them without entering their habitat and potentially disturbing them! Sometimes it can be difficult… Read more

Turkish Marine Sciences Conference

Turkish Marine Sciences Conference

DMAD was at the Turkish Marine Sciences Conference! Last week, Middle East Technical University (METU) campus in Ankara, Turkey hosted the 2nd Turkish Marine Sciences Conference (http://www.denizbilimlerikonferansi2016.com/) organized by METU Institute of Marine Sciences and Department of Civil Engineering. Scientists from all over Turkey and the world, as well as representatives of governmental bodies and… Read more

BOAT SURVEY IN ANTALYA BAY ON MAY 2016

BOAT SURVEY IN ANTALYA BAY ON MAY 2016

The season of cetacean sighting get off to a running start with a day of three different species sighting in Labor Day 2016 in Antalya Bay. We have sighted the possible resident beaked whale which was last sighted June 2015 by our team. Beaked whales were rarely encountered in the wild due to the shy… Read more