With a donation you can help us protect whales, dolphins and seals and their environment. You can support the activities of the institute in general, or one of the long-term projects: the Cetacean Sanctuary Research (CSR) in the Pelagos Sanctuary, or the Ionian Dolphin Project (IDP) in Greece. You can make either a one-time or a recurring donation. Even a small amount will make a difference. Thank you!

Help us:


of cetaceans in the Mediterranean

Common dolphin

monitoring presence and distribution of whales and dolphins

identifying factors critical to their survival

studying their relations to the environment


marine mammals are facing

highlighting risks and menaces to their survival

proposing solutions and mitigation measures


adults and young generations

involving participants in our field work

with articles, interviews, books, edu-tainment, lessons in schools, conferences and media

What we can do with 15€

  • Survey 2 km at sea
  • Cover 1h data analysis
  • Report cases such as those of “Codamozza” (“chopped flukes”), injured by human activities, to the media
  • Undertake a lesson in marine biology
  • If 10 people donate 15€ we can identify all the sperm whales photographed in one research season
  • If 10 people donate 100€ we can monitor cetaceans for a further day out of the normal research season

Do you want to participate in one of our project campaigns?

The two long-term projects of the Tethys Research Institute (CSR and IDP) are partially financed by the participants in their citizen science programs. However their contributions support only the most basic expenses, but do not manage to fully cover all scientific equipment, boat maintenance, production of information and its widespread communication.

Cetacean Sanctuary Research

sperm whale

Research aimed at the conservation of the 8 species of cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary is the mission of the CSR project.

After thirty years of activity at sea (during which we were able to collect the largest dataset of its kind) we have chosen 30 flukes of sperm whales and combined each one with a year.

Is it the year you met? The year you were born? Or maybe the year you met your first whale? Or you just like that flukes…



Name Your Whale

with a donation of € 500 or more, you may give a name to one of the newly identified sperm whales

Ionian Dolphin Project

The IDP research efforts are primarily focused on the conservation of the bottlenose dolphin, the endangered common dolphin and the Mediterranean monk seal, in the coastal waters of western Greece.

After almost 20 years of service, the life of our old 7-seat car came to an end. In 2021 we are forced to get a new car that guarantees the safety and mobility of our research team.

Your contribution will help support this expense, that is not covered by the participants to the field work and you’ll get the exclusive IDP calendar 2021!