29 Mar 2010

Morigenos at the Conference of the European Cetacean Society

The Morigenos team attended the 24th Conference of the European Cetacean Society (ECS) that took place in Stralsund, Germany, from 22nd to 24th March 2010. The theme of this year's conference, hosted by the German Oceanographic Museum was: »Marine Mammal Populations: Challenges for Conservation in the Next Decade«.

Polona Kotnjek, Morigenos Education Coordinator and a member of the ECS Council, participated in the organisational aspects as a member of the Organizing Committee. After being an ECS Student Representative for 2 years, she passed her duties on to the newly elected Student Representative, our colleague Conor Ryan from Ireland. The ECS Council and students thanked Polona for her efforts and great job.

As part of the conference, Polona Kotnjek and Tilen Genov (Morigenos president and ECS National Contact Person for Slovenia) organised a Student Workshop: »Habitat Modelling and GIS«, with the participation of guest speakers Graham J. Pierce, Wezddy Del Toro, Karen Hall and Ruth Fernández-García.

A team of Morigenos researchers, led by Tilen Genov, presented a study »Ecology and Conservation of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Slovenian and adjacent waters (north Adriatic)«.

10 Mar 2010

Fotografska razstava Občuti Naravo

V Galeriji Mestne knjižnice Idrija bo 19. marca ob 18. uri uradna otvoritev fotografske razstave Občuti Naravo, avtorja Roka Dolničarja. Razstavljene bodo fotografije z motivi narave iz različnih krajev Slovenije. Kot gost se bo predstavilo tudi društvo Morigenos.

Ogled razstave bo mogoč vsak dan od 19. marca do 9. aprila med 16.00 in 19.00 uro.
Vstop je prost.

5 Mar 2010

Killer whale kills a trainer at Sea World

A trainer at Sea World was killed by a killer whale (Orcinus orca), also known as the orca. While killer whales are not aggressive towards humans in nature, they have been involved in deaths of people in captivity. This is a sad story, but another reminder that whales and dolphins are not pets and should not be kept in captivity.

Giovanni Bearzi from Tethys made a good point on Tethys Blog:

"Why not let orcas kill their own prey in the wild, instead of using these top predators as toys and then be shocked if some of them, sometimes, behave as wild animals?"