It was in 1987 that the Tethrys Research Institute started to research the groups of bottle-nose dolphins in the waters of islands of Cres and Lošinj within the project of research of ecology, social structure, and biology of these interesting and best-studied groups in the entire Mediterranean. In 1999, the research titled Adriatic Dolphin Project was taken over by the Blue World Institute in Veli Lošinj.
The cuts and scars on their back fins, the part of their bodies which is most easily observed when they come up for air, was the identifying element that helped estimate 200 animals in the area of Cres and Lošinj, most of which have also been identified.
Although the most adaptive and most resilient of all whales, given many threats that the dolphins face, all marine mammals in Croatia have been protected since 17th May 1995. The ships hinder their movement, engines interfere with their orientation in space and their communication, and they often end up entangled in the threatening fishing nets.
Adopt a dolphin!
If you want to support protection of environment, contribute to the marine research and conservation of dolphins, join the “Adopt a Dolphin” campaign. If you adopt one either in person or online on the Blue World Institute website, you will receive the package for adoptive parents from the Institute that contains a photo of the dolphin you’ve just adopted and contributed to its protection, as well as the annual magazine Akvamarin.
Volunteer at the Blue World!
For all of you who want to help collect and compile research data during summer months when observations of the dolphins are most often, doing it either in the field or in the Institute, you can contribute as an eco volunteer.
Blue World Marine Research and Conservation Centre
July and August:
every day from 10 am to 9 pm
May, June and September:
workdays from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm
From October to April:
workdays from 10 am to 2 pm