Mutilated Striped Dolphin Stranded on the shores of Samos Island

A mutilated striped dolphin was found stranded on the north shores of Samos island. Its tail was severed and had a sharp piercing wound – evidence of its deliberate killing. Through assessing the weather patterns of preceding days and the distribution of striped dolphin populations in the region, it is estimated that this dolphin was […]

Sperm Whale Migration

As we are now approaching the middle of autumn, sperm whales are again migrating over the deep trench between the islands of Ikaria, Chios, and Samos, a migration that we have been recording them making for the past two decades. At a time when we have every reason to worry about the survival of marine […]

Microplastic Pollutants found in stranded Dolphins, Sea Turtles and Seals in the Aegean Sea

A new scientific publication by the Archipelagos Institute for Marine Conservation, entitled “First Assessment of Micro-Litter Ingested by Dolphins, Sea Turtles and Monk Seals Found Stranded along the Coasts of Samos Island, Greece”, formed the first study conducted in the Aegean quantifying the abundance of microplastic and plastics in stranded marine life. Research evaluated pollutants […]

Mass stranding of 12 Cuvier’s beaked whale on the North-West coast of Cyprus

Twelve Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) have been found stranded, one after the other in recent days on the northwest coast of Cyprus. This has raised great concern regarding both the cause of the event and the devastation to the species’ population in the area. In addition to the 12 whales found dead, it is […]

Stranding of three striped dolphins in the NE Aegean

Three dead striped dolphins, two adult females and a juvenile male, were found off the southeast coast of Samos island. It is estimated that the strong winds carried them there from another part of the Aegean, after they had been drifting for at least three days. The Stranding Response team of the Archipelagos Institute of […]

77 days of survey – 124 sightings of marine mammal populations.

Archipelagos’ Marine Mammal Research team continue almost daily surveys at sea , on board the research vessels Naftilos and Pinelopi, despite the frequently rough seas of the autumn months. During 77 days of survey in the Northeastern Aegean, we had 124 sightings of marine mammal populations. The sightings include 4 species of dolphins (bottlenose, common, […]

Cuvier’s Beaked Whales – The Rare Wildlife of our Seas

The populations of Cuvier’s beaked whales in the waters of the North and Central Aegean are one of the most important recordings the past few days by the marine mammal research team of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. It took us over 20 years of continuous presence in the Aegean to be able to achieve […]

Marine Mammal Behaviour Research

  The rapid decline of several marine mammal species such as dolphins and whales is a growing problem on a global scale. Losses in abundance have been especially important in the Mediterranean, a biodiversity hotspot which supports a diverse range of marine ecosystems. Marine mammals are threatened by various human activities and their effects, such […]

Research Expeditions over the Ikaria Trench 

During the research expeditions over the Ikaria Trench, the Archipelagos’ marine mammal team aim to gather data on the species living over this important hotspot, to increase our knowledge on their behaviour, distribution and density. Weather-allowing, boat surveys extend to  further areas during multiple-day research expeditions.  The surveys usually occur between the islands of Ikaria, […]