In defense of the giants
of the Mediterranean Sea

The project

Abandoned fishing gear, maritime traffic, plastic pollution. The negative effects caused by human activities on cetaceans and sea turtles are increasingly evident. It has therefore become urgent to know better the distribution of the most widespread species in order to develop efficacy strategies.

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The 2023 LIFE Conceptu Maris photo contest kicks off

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Ritorna la competizione fotografica dedicata a balene, delfini e tartarughe marine...

Meeting in Spain

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European researchers take stock on monitoring of cetaceans. The sessions of the 34th conference of the ECS, the European Cetacean Society, begin on Monday 17th April in Galicia, in the North…

A survey against collision

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Reducing the risk of cetaceans and turtles collisions with ships. One of the objectives of the Conceptu Maris project is to propose effective solutions to improve the conservation status of…

         Citizen science

                      Be a part of cetacean and sea turtle monitoring!



Get on board on the ferries together with Conceptu Maris researchers (16 routes available throughout the Mediterranean Sea) and make a concrete contribution to the protection and conservation of these species.


The species to be protected

In the Mediterranean Sea, you can observe 8 species of cetaceans and 3 of sea turtles on a regular basis. Spotting mammals such as striped dolphins and bottlenose dolphins in the open sea is not difficult, but to see a leatherback turtle you have to be very lucky.

Involved areas

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