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Research and Conservation of Cetacean Populations in South East Spain

Our objective is to improve the marine conservation in our coast, but also we want to announce in our region, the ocean´s problems in the rest of the world. To make the idea possible we have developed Conservation and Educaton Projects in Murcia.

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CALDERON GRIS PROJECT. The study of Grampus griseus population as Climate Change´s Bioindicator.

Risso dolphin is one of the less common marine mamals on de Mediterranean sea because normally they live in tropical waters. This species is totally unfamiliar to most of the south east spanish population.

Every year it is more common to see communities of this species all over the Mediterranean sea. That means that they are changing their behavior, probably because of Climate Change. For this reason this species is a good BIOINDICATOR for aiding the study of Climate Change.

The second part of the challenge is to teach the new generations to be responsible and get involved in the new conservation standards.

Unfortunately, the administration cannot afford the cost of researching and teaching new generations how get involved, so we decided in 2012 to begin to raise money from ecotourism activities. The profits from the activities go directly to pay costs for research. For this reason we need your economic suport to collect more data.


This is Murcia´s coast. Here we collect data from our ECOTOURISM ACTIVITIES.


We are a team of scientists with a large background in marine wildlife conservation and navigation.

  • María José Rosique López: Marine Biology Degree, Dive Instructor, Skipper and Master in aquaculture by Universidad de Murcia.

  • Carmen Guerrero Segura: Enviromental Science Degree, Skipper and Master Degree in Education, Universidad Miguel Hernández.

  • Idoia Chicoy García: Marine Biology Degree, Captain, 2 Star FEDAS DIVER, Master Degree in Mediterreanean Enviromental Mangment, Universidad de Murcia.

  • Ricardo Villalba Briones: Marine Biology Degree, Master Degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, Napier Edinburgh University.

  • Astrid Bloemen: Veterinarian Degree, Master Degree in Animal Walfere.

  • Susana Alegre Morales: Marine Biology Degree, Professional Diver, Skipper, Master Degree in Aquaculture, Universidad de Murcia.


The activities will start in April 2016 and we hope to collect enough data to open a new research line in 2017 with the University of Murcia about cetaceans in this part of the Mediterranean.


If you have decided to buy a picture, you can choose whatever picture that you like on this list. The photographers, Barry Antel and Idoia Chicoy García have donated those pictures to raise money for the projects. They were taken during a sailing trip from Florida (US) to New Zealand between June and December 2015.

After you make your selection/s you can send an email to [email protected] to say what picture/s you prefer, and we will send a high resolution file to you by email when the campaign is finished.

Check out the rest of the pictures

Manatie (Ponce Inlet, US)

Sea lion (Galapagos islands)

Dolphins (Pacific ocean)

Sloth (Panama)

Marine iguanas (Galapagos islands)

Giant tortoise

King fisher (New Zealand)




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  • Calderón gris

    Calderón gris

    about 8 years

    Hola Fuensanta,

    Para participar en las campañas puedes elegir varias vías. La recompensa de avistamiento de cetáceos y aves marinas es una salida "turistica" con gente donde se recogen datos, en las excursiones a Tabarca también se recogen datos (sobre todo aves y vida marina que se puede ver haciendo snorkel). Otras opciones son hacerte padrino (salida "turistica", recogida de datos y ponerle nombre a los aniamles) o padrino-colaborador que entras a participar directamente en cualquier proyecto de investigación que realicemos (si se consigue la financiación). Si conoces a un grupo de 8 personas con el mismo interés que tú también está la posibilidad de hacer una micro-campaña de investigación durante 4 días, y el precio (300€ por persona) incluye todo durante esos 4 días, y se pueden financiar el resto de los proyectos en los que estaríais todos incluidos si os interesa. Esta última opción probablemente se pudiera comvalidar también por prácticas de empresa, pero eso habría que hablarlo con la Universidad si se da el caso de que salga un grupo. No creo que la Universidad tuviera ningún problema, sólo habría que realizar el convenio.

    Por lo demás puedes contactar con nosotros directamente en [email protected] hay al menos otra chica interesada en lo mismo que tu, te podríamos poner en contacto con ella también si quieres.

    Muchas gracias y un saludo

  • Fuensanta


    about 8 years


    Me gustaría participar en las campañas de actividades y recogida de datos. ¿Cómo podría hacerlo?



¿No sabes que hacer esta semana Santa y Fiestas de Primavera? Conoce los Espacios Naturales de la Región de Murcia desde una nueva perspectiva. No sólo disfrutarás de un día inolvidable en plena naturaleza, también estarás ayudando a financiar proyectos de Investigación con cetáceos en la Región de Murcia.


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