Brings you the best marine ecotourism experiences in Europe

Objective

WhaleSafe
Whale protection from Strike by Active cetaceans detection and alarm issue and Ferries

Targeted Species & Habitats

WhaleSafe

About this project

WhaleSafe
The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals is a special marine protected area in the North-Western Mediterranean Sea. It is located between Liguria, France and Sardinia, and covers an area of around 90,000 km2. The sanctuary is the most important breeding and feeding site for cetacean populations living in the Mediterranean Sea and thus crucial for their well-being. The unique seabed features in the area, such as canyons, attract a large number of sperm whales that often emerge near the coast. Major commercial, tourist and industrial sites are also located in the area, and marine traffic (e.g. passenger, cargo and fishing boats) increases particularly during the summer, when the presence of sperm whales is also higher. Collisions and injured animals are consequently frequent and have a very high negative impact on the species, whose Mediterranean sub-population counts at just 2,500 mature individuals. The project wants to develop an interference avoidance system aimed at detecting and tracking sperm whales, identifying threats to them, and preventing collisions and other risks by issuing warning messages in real time to vessels in the area. A protocol for reducing the disturbance and impact risks is being drafted in cooperation with the local coast guard, and agreed by all stakeholders involved. After receiving the warning message, ships will be invited to apply this protocol and the coast guard will supervise its application. The system is innovative because it prevents ship impacts with the whales by monitoring and tracking the animals underwater, by acoustic means. This aspect is vital, considering sperm whales spend three quarters of their time underwater.

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WhaleSafe

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WhaleSafe
University of Genoa
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Experience marine wildlife

450.00

Half-day Sailing Trip in San Sebastian

Spain Basque Country
50.00

Kayak Tour in Arrabida Natural Park

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra
50.00

Sesimbra by Stand Up Paddle

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra
35.00

Coasteering in the Causeway

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens Causeway Coast
55.00

Blasket Island Marine Eco Tour

Ireland County Kerry Blasket Islands
35.00

Self-Guided Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling Trip to Areoso Island

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa
1000.00

St James Way By Kayak 5-Day Guided Tour

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas
350.00

4-Day Sea Kayak Tour in the Algarve

Portugal Algarve
50.00

Atlantic Coasteering in Northern Ireland

UK Northern Ireland
750.00

Sailing Week in the Cantabrian Sea

Spain Basque Country
50.00

Malin Head Scuba Diving Trip

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Malin Head
35.00

Aries Wreck Dive in Ria de Arousa

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa
30.00

Guided Sea Kayaking Tour to Saint's Island

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas
28.00

Gola Island Wild Walking Experience

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands The Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands
60.00

A Day in Rathlin Island

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens Ballycastle and Rathlin
20.00

Seal Watching Trip

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands The Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands
250.00

2-Day SSI Diving Course in Mogán

Spain Canary Islands Gran Canaria
50.00

Guided Snorkeling Tour in Tenerife

Spain Canary Islands Tenerife
190.00

2-Day Self-guided Sea Kayak Tour in Stockholm Archipelago

Sweden
35.00

Sunset by boat in Terceira Island Azores

Portugal Azores Islands

Discover Europe's best natural landscapes

Owey Island

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands Owey Island

Pedra da Nau

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Pedra da Nau

Porto Santo

Portugal Madeira Islands Porto Santo

Highlands

UK Scotland Highlands

North Wales

UK Wales North Wales

Pedra do Mariano

Portugal Algarve Portimao Pedra do Mariano

Lough Swilly

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Lough Swilly

Mulroy Bay

Ireland County Donegal Fanad Peninsula Mulroy Bay

Illas Sisargas

Spain Galicia Costa da Morte Illas Sisargas

Cita Wreckage

UK Cornwall Isles of Scilly Cita Wreckage

Aries Shipwreck

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa Aries Shipwreck

Tory Island

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands Tory Island

County Sligo

Ireland County Sligo

Causeway Coast

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens Causeway Coast

Torre de Hercules - Punta Herminia

Spain Galicia Costa da Morte Torre de Hercules - Punta Herminia

Forte da Baralha

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Forte da Baralha

Gran Canaria

Spain Canary Islands Gran Canaria

Inishtrahull Island

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Inishtrahull Island

Kornati National Park

Croatia Sibenik-Knin Kornati National Park

Trawbreaga Bay

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Trawbreaga Bay

Garraf Natural Park

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona Garraf Natural Park

Pedras de Portimao

Portugal Algarve Portimao Pedras de Portimao

Costa Brava

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava

Lisbon region

Portugal Lisbon region

Pula & Medulin

Croatia Istria Pula & Medulin

Pedra do Leao

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Pedra do Leao

Inishowen

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen

County Donegal

Ireland County Donegal

Gemeos Grandes

Portugal Algarve Portimao Gemeos Grandes

Hemptons Turbot Bank

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Hemptons Turbot Bank

Falmouth Area

UK Cornwall Falmouth Area

Portnablagh Beach

Ireland County Donegal Fanad Peninsula Portnablagh Beach

SS Hildebrand

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais SS Hildebrand

Porec

Croatia Istria Porec

El Montgrí, Illes Medes i Baix Ter Natural Park

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava El Montgrí, Illes Medes i Baix Ter Natural Park

Ballycastle and Rathlin

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens Ballycastle and Rathlin

Cinque Terre

Italy Liguria Genoa Cinque Terre

El Palmar

Spain Andalusia Cadiz El Palmar

Fuerteventura

Spain Canary Islands Fuerteventura

Parque das Gorgonias

Portugal Algarve Portimao Parque das Gorgonias

Lanzarote

Spain Canary Islands Lanzarote

Illa de Ons

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa Illa de Ons

Cabo Raso

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Cabo Raso

Umag & Novigrad

Croatia Istria Umag & Novigrad

Illa de Salvora

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa Illa de Salvora

Cap de Creus

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava Cap de Creus

Norrland

Sweden Norrland

Catalonia

Spain Catalonia

Vrsar & Vuntana

Croatia Istria Vrsar & Vuntana

St John's Point

Ireland County Donegal Donegal Bay St John's Point

HMS Scylla

UK Cornwall South East Cornwall HMS Scylla

Spiros

Portugal Algarve Portimao Spiros

Lobeira Islands

Spain Galicia Costa da Morte Lobeira Islands

Portofino

Italy Liguria Genoa Portofino

Punta Socastro

Spain Galicia Mariña Lucense Punta Socastro

Tarifa

Spain Andalusia Cadiz Tarifa

Rovinj

Croatia Istria Rovinj

Hatt Rock

UK Cornwall South East Cornwall Hatt Rock

Malin Head

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Malin Head

Götaland

Sweden Götaland

Delta de l'Ebre Natural Park

Spain Catalonia Terres de l'Ebre Delta de l'Ebre Natural Park

Ponta de Rana

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Ponta de Rana

Madeira

Portugal Madeira Islands Madeira

Tossa de Mar

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava Tossa de Mar

La Palma

Spain Canary Islands La Palma

Jardim das Gorgonias

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Jardim das Gorgonias

Pedra da Âncora

Portugal Algarve Portimao Pedra da Âncora

The Syracusa

UK Cornwall North coast Newquay The Syracusa

Svealand

Sweden Svealand

Gobbins and Larne

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens Gobbins and Larne

Pedra do Meio

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Pedra do Meio

Gemeos Pequenos

Portugal Algarve Portimao Gemeos Pequenos

Portnoo

Ireland County Donegal Donegal Bay Portnoo

Gilstone Reef

UK Cornwall Isles of Scilly Gilstone Reef

Manacles Reef

UK Cornwall Falmouth Area Manacles Reef

Bota de Fora

Portugal Algarve Portimao Bota de Fora

Grianan of Aileach

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Grianan of Aileach

South Wales

UK Wales South Wales

North Inishowen

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen North Inishowen

Jardim do Vau

Portugal Algarve Portimao Jardim do Vau

Newquay

UK Cornwall North coast Newquay

Majorca

Spain Balearic Islands Majorca

Skye and Lochalsh

UK Scotland Highlands Skye and Lochalsh

Malin Beg

Ireland County Donegal Donegal Bay Malin Beg

Arranmore Island

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands Arranmore Island

Tixoso

Spain Galicia Mariña Lucense Tixoso

Blasket Islands

Ireland County Kerry Blasket Islands

Cornwall

UK Cornwall

The Quies

UK Cornwall North coast Newquay The Quies

Ponta da Passagem

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Ponta da Passagem

Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

Las Raras

Spain Galicia Costa da Morte Las Raras

Illa de Rua

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa Illa de Rua

Basque Country

Spain Basque Country

Underwater Canyons of Maresme

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona Underwater Canyons of Maresme

Cape Kamenjak

Croatia Istria Cape Kamenjak

Fanad Head

Ireland County Donegal Fanad Peninsula Fanad Head

Sliabh Liag

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands Sliabh Liag

Tenerife

Spain Canary Islands Tenerife

El Cabron

Spain Canary Islands Gran Canaria El Cabron

Dragonera Island

Spain Balearic Islands Majorca Dragonera Island

Central Wales

UK Wales Central Wales

West Wales

UK Wales West Wales

The Glens of Antrim

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens The Glens of Antrim

Jardim dos Nudibrânquios

Portugal Algarve Portimao Jardim dos Nudibrânquios

Illa Coelleira

Spain Galicia Mariña Lucense Illa Coelleira

Castle Beach and Silversteps

UK Cornwall Falmouth Area Castle Beach and Silversteps

Ibiza & Formentera

Spain Balearic Islands Ibiza & Formentera

River Gurara - Popa

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra River Gurara - Popa

The Volnay

UK Cornwall Falmouth Area The Volnay

La Gomera

Spain Canary Islands La Gomera

Liguria

Italy Liguria

Porth Rock Reef

UK Cornwall North coast Newquay Porth Rock Reef

Labin & Rabac

Croatia Istria Labin & Rabac

Brijuni National Park

Croatia Istria Brijuni National Park

Algarve

Portugal Algarve

Krka National Park

Croatia Sibenik-Knin Krka National Park

Praia da Duquesa

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Praia da Duquesa

Costa Daurada

Spain Catalonia Costa Daurada

Teelin

Ireland County Donegal Donegal Bay Teelin

Istria

Croatia Istria

Barcelona

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona Barcelona

Pednathise Head

UK Cornwall Isles of Scilly Pednathise Head

Costa Barcelona

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona

Farol da Guia

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Farol da Guia

Talland Bay

UK Cornwall South East Cornwall Talland Bay

Causeway Coast & Glens

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens

Baia da Armacao

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Baia da Armacao

El Hierro

Spain Canary Islands El Hierro

Delta del Llobregat Natural Park

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona Delta del Llobregat Natural Park

Menorca

Spain Balearic Islands Menorca

Find your next marine wildlife experience in Europe!

450.00

Half-day Sailing Trip in San Sebastian

Spain Basque Country
35.00

Mussel Farm Diving Experience in Ria de Arousa

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa
55.00

Half-Day Boat Trip to Malin Head

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Malin Head
35.00

Pedregoso Island Dive in Ria de Arousa

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa
5.00

MónNatura Delta de l'Ebre Guided Tour

Spain Catalonia Terres de l'Ebre Delta de l'Ebre Natural Park
1850.00

St Kilda: an Outer Hebridean Cruise

UK Scotland Argyll & Bute
1200.00

Diving & Volunteer Holiday in Lisbon

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais
45.00

Causeway Coast Kayaking Tour

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens Ballycastle and Rathlin
26.00

Paddle Surf and Kayak excursion in Delta del Llobregat

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona Delta del Llobregat Natural Park
45.00

Whale, Dolphin & Sea Turtle Watching in Madeira

Portugal Madeira Islands Madeira
100.00

Whales & Whaling Heritage at Pico Island

Portugal Azores Islands
110.00

Full-day Boat Trip to Inishtrahull Island

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Inishtrahull Island
80.00

Diving Trip to El Cabron Marine Reserve

Spain Canary Islands Gran Canaria El Cabron
75.00

Sailing Experience in Bilbao

Spain Basque Country
1350.00

Diving & Marine Adventure in Algarve

Portugal Algarve Portimao
35.00

Sesimbra & Espichel Grotto Boat Tour

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra
50.00

Aegean Sea Wreck Dive

Spain Galicia Costa da Morte Torre de Hercules - Punta Herminia
150.00

Nature Photography along the Wild Atlantic Way

UK Northern Ireland
220.00

Sailing & Wildlife Watching Weekend in Murcia

Spain Murcia
1700.00

Diving & Marine Adventure in Donegal

Ireland County Donegal