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Objective

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The project aims to gain knowledge about the use the Risso's dolphins make of the Underwater Canyons of Maresme in Catalonia, in order to confirm whether they are resident animals. Another objective is to determine how many individuals there are and how they are structured in groups.

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About this project

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Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus) are poorly studied in the Mediterranean Sea, mainly because they live associated to deep areas, usually far from the coast. The underwater canyons of Maresme and Palamos are relatively close to the coast of Barcelona, and seem to have an important population of this species.

The aim of this project is to study this population of Risso's dolphin and assess its conservation status. This is accomplished through study trips on board a vessel with a research crew and a hydrophone, through information on sightings made by a network of collaborator sailors and through questionnaires made to fishermen.

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How can you contribute?

 

If you sail in the area of the underwater canyons of Maresme and Palamos, you can contribute to this project in two ways:

  • Send all your sightings of cetaceans in the area; you can send photographs, the date and time of sighting and the GPS position of the sighting. If you take good pictures of the dorsal fin of some individuals, they might allow the scientists to recognize the individual through photo-ID. If you want to contribute more, you can download the form from the Facebook page of "Dofins Metropolitans" and send more information, such as number of individuals, behaviour, sea state, wind, etc.
  • Take a scientist on board and turn your day excursion into a proper study field trip! You will do a study-transect, learn about cetacean research techniques, fill-in the sighting forms, and take turns doing sightig effort and listening to the hydrophone; a completely different day!

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