A mother sperm whale is nursing her calf between the eastern Aegean islands of Ikaria and Mykonos. Milk can be seen floating on the surface, which is a rare sighting. This image was captured from the microlight airplane of Wings for Science during a joint expedition with Archipelagos Institute. We are surrounded by seas which
Every year in the Mediterranean Sea, hundreds of turtles nest on the beaches and thousands of hatchlings make their way to the sea. Apart from the well known large nesting beaches, in Greece there are hundreds of small remote beaches where each year only a few turtles will nest. However, since these areas are not
The pupping season of the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) occurs in the autumn and winter. Mothers frequently leave their pups on the shore for 4-8 hours. Human disturbance and interaction are the most common reasons for abandonment.   If you find a seal pup on the shore: – STAY AWAY & DO NOT

Naftilos Reaches Malta

Archipelagos’ researcher’s boat Naftilos has reached the port of Valetta in Malta after 6 days of travelling through the international waters of east Lybia.  The team experienced rough weather conditions, and after a short stop for refueling, Naftilos continued. The researchers are continuing its important research in the framework of the Accobams Survey Initiative: the
Archipelagos’ research boat Naftilos has departed this morning for an important research that takes place in the framework of Accobams Survey Initiative: the first large scale cetaceans survey in whole Mediterranean Sea. This challenging research mission of Naftilos will last 2 months and will cover the marine region between Crete, Libya, Tunisia and Malta. One
An important research is about to start in cooperation between Archipelagos Institute and UNEP/MAP – RAC SPA (The Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas of the UN Environment Programme). For the first time in the Mediterranean a parallel monitoring will be carried out in several parts of the Aegean, focusing on the key “common
Even though we do not want to reveal every incident of the murder of rare marine animals that is located – sadly very frequently – in various regions of the Greek Seas, we feel obligated to share with you this unfortunate aspect of our daily life, so that it does not become a sad routine.
A dead Mediterranean Monk Seal, with apparent wounds from a gun, was discovered this past Sunday morning by researchers from the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. Initially, it was sighted floating, presumably dead, in the south-west waters of Samos Island and due to the prevailing winds, it washed up on the southern coast of the
A few weeks after the stranding of a bottlenose dolphin with visible signs of human abuse, http://archipelago.gr/en/violent-dolphin-killing/ researchers at the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation recorded a second violent killing of a marine mammal. One young, male monk seal was located in the SE of Samos, with distinct signs of deliberate killing. Based on the

Violent Dolphin Killing

The strong and persistent southerly winds experienced over recent days washed out an adult bottlenose dolphin which showed obvious signs of abuse on the shores of Samos. Researchers from the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation immediately made their way to the area where they carried out an autopsy on site. Based on the prevailing weather