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Summer field courses updates

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COVID-19 emergency update

As a result of the current high alert level for the Covid-19 pandemic, Tethys Research Institute has decided to postpone the start of our long-term citizen-science project in Liguria (Italy) and in Greece. This is a decision that has not been taken lightly. Our priority is to ensure health and safety of both participants and the staff of our research projects. The updated starting dates for both long-term research projects are as follows:

the Cetacean Sanctuary Research (CSR), sailing from Sanremo, has cancelled teams CSR1 to CSR5 and will be starting June 29th (instead of May 25th, as originally planned).

the Ionian Dolphin Project (IDP), based in Vonitsa, western Greece, has cancelled teams IDP1 to IDP3 and will be starting June 28th (instead of June 7th, as originally planned).

Those participants registered in any of our projects, being affected by the cancellation of their team/s as a consequence of the Covid-19 outbreak will be offered one of the following options:

  • change their participation dates for any of the remaining teams;
  • request a voucher for participating in the same project, in 2021;
  • request a full refund of their participation fee.

Be reassured that we are constantly monitoring the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic. We acknowledge that these are difficult times for everyone, but we all have an important part to play in this general crisis. We look forward to seeing you onboard our research boats soon. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong!

Do not hesitate to contact us for any question and for support. Thank you for understanding.

We have been investigating the ecology of marine species, most notably whales and dolphins, in research campaigns involving whale-watching lovers, that are among the earliest citizen science projects in the Mediterranen

Join us at sea! Everyone can participate

WHERE

Whales and dolphins are being studied in their natural environment; Tethys runs two long-term projects which are open to the participation of the public: one in Italy, in the Pelagos Sanctuary of the Ligurian Sea (north western Mediterranean), and one in Greece, in the Eastern Ionian Sea.

WHO

Participants are involved in all aspects of  the fieldwork and of the management of the life on board or at the field station. No previous experience is required

WHEN

The field season runs from May to September, during the warm Mediterranean summer. Each expedition lasts 6 days. Please check out dates for summer 2017: in Italy (Sanremo) cruises will start May; in  Greece (Vonitsa) in June.

DISCOUNTS

Participants joining for more than one team will have a 10% discount in any additional team.  Special discounts will apply for students: check them out  on the project’s page “Dates & Fees”

WHAT’S GOING ON

IDP 2020

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Covid-19 pandemic: due to the Greek government restrictions the Ionian Dolphin Project (IDP) was forced to cancel teams IDP1 to IDP3, and will be starting June 28th, (instead of June 7th, as originally planned).

CSR 2020

Covid-19 pandemic: because of the high alert levels, the Cetacean Sanctuary Research (CSR) has cancelled teams CSR1 to CSR5 and will be starting June 29th (instead of May 25th, as originally planned).

 

Help us

The 30-year data collection in the Sanctuary is at risk due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Contribute to the safeguard of cetaceans with a donation. In return … choose “your” sperm whale flukes.

 

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Donate the 5×1000 and support Tethys’ 30-year commitment for the marine mammals in the Mediterranean. It has no cost and it can make the difference for the research and the conservation of these beautiful animals and their environment.

Support our research!

Bottlenose dolphin leaping

You can support the work of Tethys with a donation. Your contribution will help researchers to continue their work, and will contribute to the conservation of cetacean populations of the Mediterranean Sea

An expedition as a gift

Best gift ever: get a voucher and the lucky ones receiving the present will be able to freely choose their participation dates and their destination, Greece or Italy. They will be in the field, helping the researchers.

Befriend a whale

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Why not giving a sperm whale from the Pelagos Sanctuary to someone you love? With this symbolic gift you will support the research and conservation of Mediterranean cetaceans through the Tethys Research Institute.

Christmas discount

Christmas time discount! Book an expedition before January 7th, and you’ll get a 10% discount on the participation fee.

Add the following coupon to the cart at check out:

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A whale for X’mas

Why not giving a sperm whale from the Pelagos Sanctuary to someone you love? With this symbolic gift you will support the research and conservation of Mediterranean cetaceans through the Tethys Research Institute.

An expedition for Christmas

Best gift ever for Christmas: get a voucher and the lucky ones receiving the present will be able to freely choose their participation dates and their destination, Greece or Italy. They will be in the field, helping the researchers.

Last minute offer

The following team has still a few places available at a special last-minute fee. In the Ligurian Sea, CSR 18 (23-29 September) at 636 Euro instead of 795 Euro. If interested please send a mail as soon as possible to tethys@tethys.org or contact us. Places will be assigned on a first come – first served basis.

Cetacean Sanctuary Research

The Cetacean Sanctuary Project (CSR) takes place in the Ligurian Sea, N-W Mediterranean, between Italy and France, within the protected area known as Pelagos Sanctuary for whales and dolphins. Participants’ accommodation is on board a 68 ft motorsailer.

Ionian Dolphin Project

The Ionian Dolphin Project  (IDP) is conducted in the coastal waters of western Greece, in the Gulf of Ambracia and in the Inner Ionian Sea archipelago. Project participants are based in the traditional village of Vonitsa and participate to daily surveys at sea on board of our rigid-hulled inflatable boat.

Target species

Main two species  subject of study are bottlenose and common dolphins. Other marine animals frequently observed are striped dolphins, sea turtles and Mediterranean monk seals.

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Participants enjoyed our expeditions since 1991

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Km surveyed

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Days spent at sea

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Sightings of cetaceans

About us

The Tethys Research Institute is a non-profit research organisation supporting marine conservation through science and public awareness, founded in 1986 and headquartered at the Civic Aquarium of Milano, Italy. Tethys’ main goal is the conservation of the marine environment, achieved through the provision of scientific knowledge to conservation policy, the participation in the international conservation process, and public awareness. Over almost three decades of work, Tethys has generated one of the largest datasets on Mediterranean cetaceans and communicated the results of its research in hundreds of scientific publications. In 1991 Tethys was the first to conceive and propose the creation of an iconic protected area, the Pelagos Sanctuary for the Conservation of Mediterranean Marine Mammals, the world’s first to be established beyond national jurisdiction. Since 1987 Tethys has involved  thousands of people from all over the world as research volunteers in its conservation activities. Funding to Tethys derive from government and EC grants, private donors, and contributions from research volunteers. The work of Tethys is based on the collaboration of approximately 30 associates and assistants.

More about our scientific work can be found at www.tethys.org

Find which are our supporters

Help us continue our research

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic some of this year’s funds for our activities at sea came to a standstill and we also had to cancel several of our weekly cruises with researchers and citizen scientists. Yet this year it is particularly important to continue the data collection, which is among the longest in the Mediterranean Sea. Find out why.

Have you ever considered to give a whale for Christmas?

Befriend a sperm whale from the Pelagos Sanctuary or donate its friendship to someone you love for Christmas time. With this symbolic gift you will support the research and conservation of Mediterranean cetaceans through the Tethys Research Institute.

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