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Ocean Health

Tracking Dolphins in the Adriatic Sea

What can we do to make the Adriatic Sea safer for dolphins? Take to the waters in Slovenia to help this charismatic mammal population.


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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Your research will help strengthen policies that conserve dolphins and the Adriatic Sea ecosystem.

The dolphins of the Adriatic Sea are residents, not visitors. Their home needs our protection.

Researchers have already established that the Adriatic Sea is home to a permanent population of dolphins. They still need to monitor these dolphins, though, to understand exactly where in the sea they feed and raise young, and how they interact with each other.

By helping gain insight into Slovenia’s dolphins, you will lay the groundwork for stronger regulations to protect them. The researchers are particularly concerned about the impacts of boat traffic, especially when the waters become more crowded in the summer and dolphin-boat collisions become more likely.

A researcher makes observations from shore.

A volunteer emakes observations from shore.

Your work could also lead to stronger protection of the Adriatic Sea ecosystem. Around the world, overfishing and global warming are decimating many marine species. The European Union hopes to slow this trend by implementing a continent-wide network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

As a European Union member, Slovenia must designate its own MPA, but the government has yet to identify which areas of their waters most need protection. You can help determine what areas of the water need protecting—by showing where dolphins and loggerhead sea turtles spend most of their time, the researchers can argue for the best conservation plan possible..

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Piran, Slovenia, Europe & Russia

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MEET THE LEAD SCIENTIST

Tilen
Genov
Principal Investigator at Morigenos - Slovenian Marine Mammal Society

ABOUT Tilen Genov

Tilen Genov began researching the dolphins of the Adriatic Sea more than a decade ago, while he was still a teenager. When he first started, people thought the waters off Slovenia had only occasional dolphin visitors. He’s since proven that up to 100 dolphins are year-round residents.

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