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
Only within the past 24 hours, the Marine Mammal Research team of Archipelagos Institute encountered and collected data on sperm whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, and four species of dolphins in the region of NE Aegean. These sightings confirm the region’s global environmental significance for multiple cetacean populations. Through extensive surveys with the boats “Pinelopi” and
As the southerly winds and the rain have changed the scenery in the Aegean, the crew of the “Aegean Explorer” and “Pinelopi” have found a safe shelter in the port. However, we take advantage of the rough seas to analyse the data we have collected when out in the open sea. Every expedition in the
As the northerly winds became weaker overnight, we are taking advantage of the good weather conditions today. The National Holiday on the 28th of October will not hold us back from the conservation of the Greek seas! This morning Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation took off for another research expedition! Our boats, “Aegean Explorer” and
Ethology, the study of animal behavior, is essential for assessing the response of an animal to changes in its environment and insight into potential impacts of human activity on a given population. A behavioral response can either increase an individual’s fitness and lead to success of the species or it can lead to a decrease
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 which takes place in the framework of the ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative: the first large-scale parallel census of cetacean populations throughout the Mediterranean Sea. This challenging research mission of Naftilos will last 2 months and will cover the marine region between Crete, Libya, Tunisia