7 Sep 2016

Slovenian Dolphin Project visits the Namibian Dolphin Project


After the statistical modelling course in Namibia (see our previous news entry), two members of the Morigenos team visited our friends at the Namibian Dolphin Project in Walvis Bay. The Namibian Dolphin Project is a research and conservation project working in Walvis Bay and Luderitz, Namibia. The goals of the project are to gather data on the abundance, distribution and habitat use of whales and dolphins in Namibia. We joined the researchers in the field, helped out in their data collection a little, and learned about the great and important work they do. We observed some bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) – the same species we study in the northern Adriatic – and noticed some of the interesting morphological and behavioural differences from their Adriatic counterparts. We were also lucky enough to observe numerous endemic Heaviside’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) and Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus). This was a great opportunity for us to learn more about the Namibian Dolphin Project, and for our colleagues to learn about our work in the northern Adriatic.

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