The ocean, such a huge part of our surroundings, yet in many ways a world of its own were distances and voids often generate associations to space. A world filled with taunting mysteries and fascinating creatures, were our search for answers are challenged by a multitude of obstacles. Looking at the subject with the eyes of a researcher of marine biology, the topic is wuthering, jet simply irresistible. Pop almost any question and the answer is far from “written in stone”. We know very little even about our most abundant cetaceans. We have merely skimmed the surface, of this world so different from ours, but also part of ours.
The need for Protection and Conservation
If we aim to preserve and protect the marine wildlife we need to persist in the enduring hunt for knowledge. At the present a lot of the cetacean species lack an evaluation of status on IUCNs red list due to data deficiency. For those cetaceans that are evaluated to be endangered (and there are quite a few) holistic information is required in order to set up a successful conservational strategy. Also we might not just want to save what is endangered or concentrate on a specie level, but rather manage the marine resources on the appropriate scale, big and small.
During our expeditions, Sea Colors collect data about what, where and when animals were encountered. Their behavior is characterized and prevailing conditions are specified. The data is then assed in order for indications or trends to be reveled or supported and to evaluate set hypotheses.
Scars and nicks are often present on the fins and flukes of an animal. By taking pictures of this area we can attain a Photo ID that aids us in recognizing a specific individual. By continuously collecting Photo IDs we find out more about abundance, group structure an distribution patterns. Our primary focuses are on Sperm whales, Commun bottlenose dolphins and Rissos dolphins, were many animals are resident or return repeatedly to the area. We also create additional catalogues incluind Pilot whales and Baleen whales. Individuals from most of these species have huge living ranges and collaborations with other researchers on a regional and an international scale is needed to grasp the big picture. As a guest you are most welcome to participate in the collection of data and we will brief you up on the subject to whatever point you feel is of your interest.