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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A Shared Database

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From November 22nd to November 24th, 2023, representatives from Life Conceptu Maris partners and members of the Advisory Board gathered at the ISPRA headquarters in Rome to discuss further improvements…

Deep blue 2023 – The winning shots!

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Our jury has decided the winners of the photo contest "Deep blue: whales, dolphins and turtles in the open sea", linked to the LIFE Conceptu Maris project, 2023 edition.

A special summer for cetaceans and sea turtles

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The scientists of the LIFE Conceptu Maris project, with the help of volunteers, collected a lot of data on the species present in the Mediterranean, between June and August 2023…

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                      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.

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