10/07/2014 – Associació Cetàcea ends the first season of the Photo-Identification Project
In june 28th, Associació Cetàcea fulfilled the last sighting survey of the first season of the Photo-Identification Project: Whales and dolphins along the catalan coast. After 18 surveys and around 120 hours of sailing time, Associació Cetàcea ends 4 months of intense campaing. During this time there have been 27 sighting of four different cetacean species: the stripe dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) and the Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus). We have started analyzing the different photographs taken in every sighting.
We have also been able to see several species of seabirds, fishes, jellyfishes, which point out the biodiversity of the waters off the catalan coast. We are concerned about the huge amount of debris sighted in every survey. Marine debris are considered an important threat to the conservation of many marine species.
The project enters now in a stage of data and photographs analysis until autumn. At that time we will resume the observation surveys. Once we know the exact dates, we will publish them in our website.