01/10/2013 – End of the first season of the Fin Whale Project
After having conducted 4 sighting surveys in spring and 5 in September, Associació Cetàcea has ended the first season of the Fin Whale Project. The project, that was started in spring of 2013 and was extended throughout autumn, has allowed us to detect the first fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) individuals in the study area, located along the central Catalan coast, between the villages of Castelldefels i Segur de Calafell up to 15 miles off the coast.
The 9 surveys have allowed us to improve our research methods, adapting them not only to the study area and to the requirements of the project, but also to the financial and logistical capacities of our organization. During this first season we have been able to see two more species of cetaceans aside from the fin whale, the striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), and the bottlenose dolphin. Check here to see the first results.
Once the field work is finished its time to start the office work consisting in the organisation and the analysis of the obtained data. We are also working on the planning of the next season, scheduled for 2014.