A FANTASTIC volunteer opportunity!
Help us in the research & conservation activities of close to endangered Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the heart of the Mediterranean, the blue Adriatic Sea. Get richer for a wonderful lifetime experience and enjoy the most stunning creatures on Earth together with VIVAMAR!
If you love dolphins & admire the sea you will absolutely love it.
10 days journey of amazing experience and on a research boat, land-based, scientifically oriented work with the chief biologist researcher, since 2002.
What are your benefits in joining Vivamar team?
- have a first-hand insight into a “Day of a Bottlenose Dolphin” in the nature and into threats that they face
- learn about Ecology & Conservation of Marine mammals, physiology, ethology
- meet like minded people
- get to know new habits and different culture
- enjoy the Mediterranean sun, eat healthy food and learn how to prepare it!
- enjoy the crystal clear blue water in your spare free hours
- visit a new place, a new country, and get to know a beautiful research area with numerous small islands...
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VIVAMAR is in fact an AMBASSADOR OF DOLPHINS between people. It performs conservation activities with supporting scientific research, educating students and volunteers, raising the awareness, presenting lectures and events, publishing articles and similar. The team is flexible and adheres to the high semi-professional attitude for all involved. Check it out yourself and welcome! Be a part of the important story!
From the three dolphin species living in the North Adriatic a few decades ago, bottlenoses are the only remaining resident marine mammals. Our project started in 2001 in Slovenia, followed thereafter to of Istria, Croatia. There are about 100 animals and animals are mostly covering both areas. In this sense dolphins can be perceived also as “Ambassadors of the sea" - they know no borders and involve more countries.
In the face of higher anthropogenic pressures off Istria (fisheries, nautical tourism and growing underwater noise), VIVAMAR put its core activities into this area. Dolphins here have a more difficult situation even if a portion of the research area is part of the Natura 2000, the largest coordinated network of nature conservation areas in the world. As top predators, dolphins are bio indicators and are indirectly pointing out about the health of the sea, which is the key baseline condition for the whole marine ecosystem. Consequently, long term follow up of the presence and the population dynamics of this flag species is indicating towards critical conservation measures. A rich biodiversity area, full of beautiful small islands, offering great wealth and diversity of small marine habitats for numerous other species, all are essential as part of the local marine ecosystem. During the research days at sea, we have the chance to see also other big vertebrates in the area, like the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a swarm of tuna, numerous sea birds.