In 2012 we received 60+ dolphin sighting reports. A BIG THANK YOU to those of you who shared them with us. The map below shows the distribution of those sightings. The most frequently encountered species were common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus. A few sightings were also reported for short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis and striped dolphins Stenella coeruleoalba. In addition, we were also informed of three encounters with the “critically endangered” monk seal.
Everyone who reported a sighting to the IDP was diligently contacted via e-mail and given additional information about the species involved, about our project and adequately acknowledged for their collaboration. Nowadays the use of digital cameras, cell phones and other devices capable of recording easily several minutes of video, or to capture high quality digital images is widespread among boaters. Using the IDP on-line sighting form, videos and images of your dolphin experiences can be easily sent to us; PLEASE add them to your sighting reports whenever possible. This additional information will be key to confirm the species identity. In 2013 the best images/video reported to us will be shared through the IDP Facebook page and adequately credited to the authors.
Those encountering a monk seal are strongly encouraged to report it to MOm’s Mediterranean Monk Seal observation report site.
The success in this pioneer initiative in Greek Ionian waters could not have been possible without the collaboration of Sunsail, Sailing Holidays, Neilson, Sail Ionian and Island Sailing, who printed, laminated and distributed the IDP Cetacean Species Guide among their clients to encourage them to collaborate, as well as basic information on how to BE DOLPHIN SMART.
KG medmarinas management group, owners of Marina Lefkas and Gouvia Marina, two of the largest in Greece, helped greatly to spread the word among their clients. Colleagues from WWF-Greece and THE IONIAN magazine have played a key role in helping us to promote our website, as well as our research and public awareness and education activities. These collaborations will continue in 2013. We are currently working to involve more sailing flotilla companies and other stakeholders with the aim of increasing the participation of boaters in our sighting network and to organize public awareness and educational events.
YOU CAN HELP US. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEAR MORE ABOUT YOUR SIGHTINGS!!