Adriatic dolphin Project
Focus: marine biology.
The ADP in North Dalmatia studies the bottlenose dolphin population of the Northern Adriatic. This project looks at the fields of population dynamics, behaviour and acoustics. Data is taken in the field and analysed in the field.
The Adriatic Dolphin Project is the longest ongoing study of a Bottlenose dolphin population in the Mediterranean. Since 2000 the research has been carried out by a local NGO, Blue World, in cooperation with international researchers.
The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation carries out its activities through three programmes - scientific, education and conservation. Research focuses on large marine vertebrates (mostly Cetaceans, sea turtles and cartilaginous fish) with an aim to contribute to their and marine environment protection and conservation. Results of research are translated to activities aimed at raising of public awareness and education. Our offices and field activities are based on Adriatic islands, showing our support to sustainable development of local, insular communities through cooperation and an interdisciplinary approach to conservation.
Blue World Institute operates on several locations on Lošinj, Murter and Vis Islands.
Costs & Benefits
Normally 10 days, but negotiable. Up to 2 volunteers, May to September. Behavioural observations and photo-ID of the dolphins from the inflatable boat. With good weather researchers and volunteers conduct boat surveys.
Min. EUR800, max. EUR900 (approx. GB£ 670–760), depending on the season. Local tourist fee about EUR1/day. Shared rooms onboard the research boat. Volunteers take part in cooking and housekeeping.
Interest in research and positive motivation required. Volunteers must be physically fit and able to endure long hours, possibly in hot sun or in harsh sea conditions.
Blue World Institute of Marine Research & Conservation
Kastel 24 – 51551 Veli Losinj Croatia
Tel: ++385 (51) 604 666
Location:Veli Losinj Croatia
Average cost per day: 80 Euros
Focus: Marine biology
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old