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Our Research Work

Looking for whales

Since 1998 our research team has recorded and documented every sighting of whales and dolphins. Besides collecting information about the status of the different populations of cetaceans we want to improve our knowledge on the spot and finally emphasize our demands for protection. Our scientific work is supervised by professor Dr. Patricia Holm, who besides being a member of the foundation board is also a member of the scientific committee of the 'International Whaling Commission' (IWC). To date our research has included the following:

  • Diversity of species (logging of all sightings)
  • Photo-ID (recording of populations and migrations)
  • Mapping (temperature and plankton in connection with the appearance of different whale species)
  • Nutrient flux (plankton in the oceanic food chain)

The Strait of Gibraltar

The Strait of Gibraltar is a very special place. Let us explain, why in spite of the heavy concentration of shipping traffic we can find so many whales and dolphins in this area.

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Our Pilot Whale Project

To give you a short insight into our research work, we'd like to list some points of interest from our pilot whale project for you.

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Publications

On a regular basis, we present our findings at International Marine Biology Congresses, e.g. at conferences of the European Cetacean Society (ECS). Here are some examples:

  • Fin whales of Gibraltar (HighRes) by Jörn Selling
  • Long-finned pilot whales in the Strait of Gibraltar (HighRes) by Michael Casanova, Matthias Tobler

Achievements

Our research work has already contributed to better the state of the whales and dolphins living in the Strait of Gibraltar: in February 2007, the Spanish Department of the Environment introduced a speed limit in the Strait.

The Regulations for a respectful Whale Watching that firmm handed in to Spanish authorities will hopefully help to better the situation for all whales in Spanish waters.