ISCHIA CETACEAN PROJECT

ITALY

The waters off Ischia, Italy offer a unique opportunity for the study of cetaceans. Since 1991, over seven different Mediterranean species have been recorded. It is a breeding ground for fin whales, striped dolphins, Risso's dolphins and social units of sperm whales.

 

The area has been listed by the ICUN as a critical habitat for endangered short-beaked common dolphins and also occasionally bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales.

T-CPI has partnered with Oceanomare Delphis Onlus (ODO), a local organisation that works to study and protect cetaceans and their habitat. ODO aims to advance the science and practice of conserving cetaceans through implementing non-invasive studies, promoting education and providing conservation programmes that enhance public awareness. ODO is a member of the Cetacean Alliance. 

T-CPI works closely with the ODO research team to help raise awareness about cetaceans and this important biodiversity hotspot.