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Risso male S27f, showing off...

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Those are the lesions I’m talking about!! He has a fair few!!

Wow wow wow 🤩

Cracking photo

Lots of social events taking place today! IKB is back in the area!

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Reliable and looking fantastic as ever! Wow!

Two days ago we saw 2 skinny Sei whales with beak-riding bottlenose dolphins. Isaure found the whales during her first land watch! They were hard to follow but the bottlenose dolphins made them stop for a while.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Nice first scan Isaure!! And thank you Tt ahah

Heftig karin

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Wat n vreselijke klus was het dit keer weer.

Hoera!!!

Tt Sharky!!!

It was 20 years ago today… that a group of enthusiastic people who all happened to have fallen in love with the amazing nature in the Azores, signed some documents and founded the NGO Nova Atlantis. 

Today, we are preparing our 23d fieldwork season. With help from private donations, commitments from interns/students, collaboration with several scientists and our board, we will continue to unravel the mysterious life of a fascinating animal: the Risso’s dolphin, and lobby for better protection of their habitat.

Over the years we have published several discoveries on our favourite dolphins, and we will keep on publishing, because we still have a long way to go, to fully protect the habitat and home of more than 20 species of whales and dolphins (and countless species of fish, turtles, seabirds, plankton etc.).

But for today, we will pause briefly to celebrate this milestone, which marks an extraordinarily long period of uninterrupted fieldwork on a population of free-ranging dolphins!

Thank you all for your support!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Congrats, compliments for this great achievement and the motivation behind it!

Congratulations, a gerat achievement!

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations 🥳

Love for the Risso's!

Gefeliciteerd met het behalen van deze mijlpaal en nog heel veel succes met de observaties, onderzoeken etc. 🍀🍀🍀

gefeliciteerd en succes met het verdere onderzoek naar deze bijzondere dolfijnen 🏵️👍🍀☀️

Gefeliciteerd allemaal!

Van harte gefeliciteerd!

Internship opportunity in the Azores- Pico Island!

We are preparing our 23rd fieldwork season, dedicated to studying the social ecology of the Risso´s dolphin around Pico island. Next to the continuation of the Risso project we will conduct cetacean monitoring surveys, focusing on the deep diving species such as pilot whales and beaked whales. Pico island is an excellent area to learn and gain experience at sea and to observe over 15+ species of cetaceans during the summer season.

We are seeking interns for the period May/June to September.
Candidates should be available for at least 2 months. We may make exceptions to apply for a shorter placement for potential participants and in particular an acoustics specialist.
Interns must be self-motivated, with the drive and determination to work independently and responsibly, and with a true interest in marine conservation and animal behaviour.

The internship includes:

- An intensive training on monitoring protocol, cetacean identification and data processing
- Sea-surveys (using a drone) and land based data collection
- Data processing
- Additional work e.g. boat cleaning and preparation, maintenance of the observation post

The 2-month internship requires a payment to cover running fieldwork costs. Expenses for travelling to and from the field worksite, accommodation and food are not included in this fee. The Nova Atlantis Foundation offers accommodation in collaboration with a local family in Santa Cruz das Ribeiras. Interns are free to find their own accommodation in the Ribeiras area as well.

Fieldwork is highly weather dependent and requires consecutive long days of work at sea and from land. On a typical field day, we split the team in a land crew and a sea crew and work in shifts allowing all to rotate and gain experience in several methodologies. We use rough weather days for data entry or as a day off.

Application deadline is the 21st of March 2022.
To apply + further information, please send a short letter (state which period you prefer) and a short CV to: oceanwatch@gmail.com.
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Internship opportunity in the Azores- Pico Island!
 
We are preparing our 23rd fieldwork season, dedicated to studying the social ecology of the Risso´s dolphin around Pico island. Next to the continuation of the Risso project we will conduct cetacean monitoring surveys, focusing on the deep diving species such as pilot whales and beaked whales. Pico island is an excellent area to learn and gain experience at sea and to observe over 15+ species of cetaceans during the summer season. 

We are seeking interns for the period May/June to September. 
Candidates should be available for at least 2 months. We may make exceptions to apply for a shorter placement for potential participants and in particular an acoustics specialist.
Interns must be self-motivated, with the drive and determination to work independently and responsibly, and with a true interest in marine conservation and animal behaviour.
 
The internship includes:
 
- An intensive training on monitoring protocol, cetacean identification and data processing 
- Sea-surveys (using a drone) and land based data collection
- Data processing 
- Additional work e.g. boat cleaning and preparation, maintenance of the observation post
 
The 2-month internship requires a payment to cover running fieldwork costs. Expenses for travelling to and from the field worksite, accommodation and food are not included in this fee. The Nova Atlantis Foundation offers accommodation in collaboration with a local family in Santa Cruz das Ribeiras. Interns are free to find their own accommodation in the Ribeiras area as well.
 
Fieldwork is highly weather dependent and requires consecutive long days of work at sea and from land. On a typical field day, we split the team in a land crew and a sea crew and work in shifts allowing all to rotate and gain experience in several methodologies. We use rough weather days for data entry or as a day off. 
 
Application deadline is the 21st of March 2022. 
To apply + further information, please send a short letter (state which period you prefer) and a short CV to: oceanwatch@gmail.com.

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Vraiment très intéressée

Koen stage laupe? 🙂

Serena Gatto

Hello...
Illustration found (2001?), made to explain upwelling to visitors of our research station. No Rissos spotted! 😳
Warm and Grampus Turquoise Blue Wishes for 2022 everybody!

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Merry Christmas!!

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