Guardians of the Mediterranean - Menorca 2015

On board KAI Marine Services’ ketch Toftevaag, an international team of scientists will guide you through some of the primary areas of cetacean and sea turtle concentrations in the Mediterranean where loggerhead turtle bycatch in longline fisheries is the highest in the world. Sailing the deep waters between the anchorages of Cabo de Gata, Tabarca, Columbretes and the Balearic Islands, you will contribute to state of the art research aimed at reducing bycatch of turtles and other species.

Tracking large pelagics around Menorca’s Natura 2000 sites

In summer 2015 a team of scientists of KAI and Alnitak in cooperation with OceanCare will be studying the movements, habitat use and ecology of great pelagics such as cetaceans, sea turtles and tuna in the waters surrounding Menorca with the goal of improving their conservation status. You too can join them to experience the majesty and excitement of these wonderful creatures, the wind and waves of the Mediterranean, the beauty of the island of Menorca, and new friends!

 

An ambitious research campaign

The Island of Menorca is one of the moist unspoiled Mediterranean Islands, still conserving extremely valuable natural and cultural treasures as well as a unique Mediterranean essence. Different oceanographic characteristics make the waters of Menorca an extraordinary “miniature lab” for the study of the open ocean ecosystem. In 2015 a team of scientists of KAI and Alnitak in cooperation with OceanCare will be studying the movement, spatial distribution and ecology of great pelagics.

If you have a passion for adventure and enjoy experiencing authentic sensations, you can also join this unique crew, participating as a volunteer in any of 6 days long research expeditions. You will learn observation and tracking techniques for cetaceans and turtles, as well as basic navigation skills. The sound of the wind and the waves, and the enriching discovery of surprising travel mates will make you feel on board of one million stars hotel.
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