Fieldwork updates from Pico

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Warm and Grampus Turquoise Blue Wishes for 2022 everybody!

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Merry Christmas!!

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Yesterday, our intern Arianna Fornaroli successfully defended her master thesis: ”Temporal patterns of Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) groups off Pico Island-A medium-term analysis of the temporal patterns in occurrence and group size of different age groups in a resident population of Risso’s dolphins off Pico Island, Azores”, at the University of Milan, Italy. 

Arianna was rewarded with the highest grades for her work. We want to congratulate Ari with her fantastic result and the important job that she did for Nova Atlantis! More about the content of this study in the nearby future!Image attachment

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Grandissima un abbraccio Gianni e Rosalena tantissimi auguri viva la vita ciao

Congratulazioni ! Grande Arianna.

Bravissima Arianna

Bravissima Arianna! Sono l'amica di Patty e Enrico, non so se ti ricordi di me, ma voglio comunque congratularmi con te, devi essere orgogliosa. Fin da ragazzina avevi le idee abbastanza chiare sul tuo futuro e per i tuoi genitori, che saluto con affetto, è sicuramente un momento di grande gioia e soddisfazione. Auguri Arianna!

Auguri Ari, un abbraccio.

Che bella soddisfazione!! Brava Arianna, come state?

For all interested in innovative monitoring techniques for cetaceans:  The second webinar from Join the Pod will take place at Friday 10th of December! 
We are working on the presentation as we speak! 
More info below!

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will aim to watch this

Two species bowriding: Rissos and common dolphins, picture found when sorting out data ..

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How wonderful. Never seen anything like it, really.

This looks so beautiful, like the Rissos is in space. We had one common dolphin in a group of Rissos years ago off Bardsey Island in Wales. 😊

A rare bowriding Risso's 🙂

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should be visible now!

That’s a presumptuous ❤️ as I’m not able to watch it as yet… 😊

Today we saw a Humpback whale off Camperduin, The Netherlands! It has been a while since this species was observed here (about 2 years ago). What a blow!!Image attachmentImage attachment
Congratulations to Valeria who was awarded a Master in International Marine Science with Distinction, with her thesis titled:
Exploring the spatio-temporal distribution of cetaceans off the south coast of Pico Island (Azores, Portugal) (Heriot-Watt University, Scotland). 
After many- many-maps and stats, an increasing number of sightings of Mesoplodon beaked whales was detected in the recent years!Image attachmentImage attachment
Happy World Animal Day!
And so today is the final day of field work season 21... Since the swell and easterlies have been too wild for our small vessel for more than 8 days in a row, we decided to take one last ride to the ocean, (+ last call for Ggs!!) yesterday with a local whale watching company.  Starting out nearby with some social sperm whales, we soon moved into an area full of fantastic false killer whales and bottlenose dolphins.  While no Risso’s were found, we were able to end the season on a high note!  Now back to packing and cleaning...Image attachmentImage attachment
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