Cetacean Sanctuary Research: dates and fees

Trips dedicated to study and watch whales and dolphins in Italy, in the Pelagos Sanctuary. Discounts will be available for those joining for more than one course and for students.

COVID-19 UPDATE

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Please refer to the dedicated page for more detailed information about travel, anti-covid measures adopted at Tethys’ projects and useful links

Soon the field work dates for the season 2021 will be available!

Christmas time discount! Book an expedition before January 8th, and get a 10% discount on the participation fee.

Add the following coupon to the cart at check out:

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If you buy a X’mas present voucher (450 Euro) before January 8th, you’ll get the discount on the entire fee when paying the balance

Last minute offers

An additional team, CSR 22 (4 – 10 October 2021), is available at a special fee (700 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.

We are sorry but at the moment no last minutes offers are available

Discounts available

Book more than one team and get a 10% discount in any additional course.(*) The reduction will automatically apply when proceeding with the order.

(*) Non-cumulative offer; this discount cannot be combined with any other promotion

Students

University students get discounted fees for most departure dates (see below), and can possibly obtain tuition credits  (e.g. ECTS).

Language

Official language on board is English

Tax deduction

The participation fee is a donation to the institute and may be tax deductible in several countries

Whales, photography and drones: special theme weeks aboard Pelagos

WHALES AND TECHNOLOGY

from 21th to 27th June (team CSR 7)

Drones, satellites, hydrophones, dedicated AI are the new tools used worldwide for the study of marine mammals. Theoretical course.

WHALES… UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

from 9th to 15th August and from 16th to 22nd August (teams CSR 14 and 15)

Cetaceans are studied through photography, bioacoustics, monitoring their behaviour, and more. Even the ‘poop’ of whales’ can provide a wealth of information. Through microscopic analyses carried out directly on board we can identify parasites and more, and we can later extract DNA for genetic testing.

PHOTOGRAPHING WHALES AND DOLPHINS

from 30th August to 5th September and from 6th to 12th September (teams CSR 17 and 18).

Brief theoretical and practical course on how to obtain the very best results from pictures and videos during a sighting, with all kinds of equipment, from photo cameras to mobile phones.

A WORLD OF SOUNDS

from 13th to 19th September and from 20th to 26th September (teams CSR 19 and 20)

Marine mammals spend most of their time underwater where light only reaches a few metres beneath the surfaces. Consequently they are adapted to ‘seeing’ through the return echoes of sounds and communicating with surprising acoustic systems.

DATES FOR SEASON 2021

The table below indicates arrival (Monday) and departure (Sunday) dates. Every cruise departs from Sanremo, Italy, lasts 6 days, and hosts from 5 (minimum) to 11 (maximum) participants.

May

  • TEAMS
  • ARRIVAL
  • DEPART
  • DAYS
  • MAX participants
  • FEE
  • STUDENT FEE
  • PLACES AVAILABLE
  • CSR1
  • 10 May
  • 16 May
  • 6
  • 11
  • €700
  • €700
  • 0
  • CSR2
  • 17 May
  • 23 May
  • 6
  • 11
  • €700
  • €700
  • 0
  • CSR 3
  • 24 May
  • 30 May
  • 6
  • 11
  • €795
  • €716
  • 0

June

  • TEAMS
  • ARRIVAL
  • DEPART
  • DAYS
  • MAX participants
  • FEE
  • STUDENT FEE
  • THEME WEEK
  • PLACES AVAILABLE
  • CSR4
  • 31 May
  • 6 Jun
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 795
  • € 716
  • THEME WEEK
  • 0
  • CSR5
  • 7 Jun
  • 13 Jun
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 795
  • € 716
  • THEME WEEK
  • 2
  • CSR6
  • 14 Jun
  • 20 Jun
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 900 €720
  • € 810 €720
  • THEME WEEK
  • 0
  • CSR7
  • 21 Jun
  • 27 June
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 900 € 720
  • € 810€ 720
  • Technology
  • 0

July

  • TEAMS
  • ARRIVAL
  • DEPART
  • DAYS
  • MAX
  • FEE
  • STUDENT FEE
  • PLACES AVAILABLE
  • CSR8
  • 28 June
  • 4 Jul
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 900
  • € 810
  • 0
  • CSR9
  • 5 Jul
  • 11 Jul
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 900
  • € 810
  • 0
  • CSR10
  • 12 Jul
  • 18 Jul
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 940
  • 0
  • CSR11
  • 19 Jul
  • 25 Jul
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 940
  • 0
  • CSR12
  • 26 Jul
  • 1 Aug
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 940
  • 0

August

  • TEAMS
  • ARRIVAL

  • DEPART
  • DAYS
  • MAX participants
  • FEE
  • STUDENT FEE
  • THEME WEEK
  • PLACES AVAILABLE
  • CSR13
  • 2 Aug
  • 8 Aug
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 940
  • THEME WEEK
  • 0
  • CSR14
  • 9 Aug
  • 15 Aug
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 940
  • THEME WEEK
  • 0
  • CSR15
  • 16 Aug
  • 22 Aug
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 940
  • Drones
  • 0
  • CSR16
  • 23 Aug
  • 29 Aug
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 900
  • € 810
  • Drones
  • 0

September

  • TEAMS
  • ARRIVAL
  • DEPART
  • DAYS
  • MAX participants
  • FEE
  • STUDENT FEE
  • THEME WEEK
  • PLACES AVAILABLE
  • CSR17
  • 30 Aug
  • 5 Sep
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 900
  • € 810
  • Photograph
  • 0
  • CSR18
  • 6 Sep
  • 12 Sep
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 795
  • € 716
  • Photograph
  • 0
  • CSR19
  • 13 Sep
  • 19 Sep
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 795
  • € 716
  • Sounds
  • 0
  • CSR20
  • 20 Sep
  • 26 Sep
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 795
  • € 716
  • THEME WEEK
  • 0

October

  • TEAMS
  • ARRIVAL
  • DEPART
  • DAYS
  • MAX participants
  • FEE
  • STUDENT FEE
  • PLACES AVAILABLE
  • CSR21
  • 27 Sep
  • 3 Oct
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 795
  • € 716
  • 0
  • CSR22
  • 4 Oct
  • 10 Oct
  • 6
  • 11
  • € 700
  • € 700
  • 0

What’s included

  • Food and beverages  (breakfast, lunch and dinner, except for alcoholic and soft drinks) for the duration of the cruise, except for the dinner at a restaurant in town  the day of the arrival

  • Accommodation on board

  • Mooring expenses in Sanremo Portosole harbour

  • Electricity, water heating and cooking costs

  • Fuel for boat and dinghy

  • Lectures and training by Tethys researchers

  • Scientific supervision

  • Certificate of participation in the Cetacean Sanctuary Research

  • Research contribution

What’s not included

  • Travel expenses to and from Sanremo

  • Mooring expenses outside of Portosole (approximately €80-100 per night, to be divided by all the crew with the exception of the skipper). It applies only occasionally

  • Personal expenses (telephone, souvenirs, etc.)

  • Soft drinks, liquors and spirits (beer, wine, etc.)