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This on-going research campaign is carried on board a 6.50 meters boat, equipped with a 130 hp strokes engine. You will be engaged in all the activities of the researchers, who are undertaking the long term monitoring of cetaceans in the central-western coast of Sicily - surrounded by the unique landscape of this wonderful island. The program includes lectures on the biology and monitoring techniques of cetaceans. The knowledge gained during lectures will be consolidated through the research activities, which include: photo identification, research on dolphin behavior through video image collection and analysis, field data collection and statistical processing.
Over the course of this 5-day field expedition (Monday-Friday), participants meet researchers daily at Porto Empedocle harbour, located a few kilometres from the city of Agrigento, on the southwest coast of Sicily.
This is a great experience for anyone wishing to learn more about cetaceans and no previous experience is required, only great enthusiasm! You will gain a full understanding of the researcher life. From Day 1, we will introduce the various aspects of the research Project, the working protocols and how to use the research equipment. In the following days you will be actively engaged in data collection at sea and processing, allowing you to practice and deepen the knowledge of the various research methods. In addition, you will be able to participate at specific lectures about biology, monitoring techniques and about cetacean conservation and threat. Lectures are held in the Meris office located at Favara (AG). The scientific quality of the collected data is ensured by a careful training of all participants and by the constant supervision of the researchers during the activities.
Joining in this scientific project will also acquaint you with Sicilian traditions, culinary culture and lifestyle.