Whale and Dolphin Expedition
An Indigo Blue Sailing Expedition in Partnership with the Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD).
Join an exciting Research Expedition whilst experiencing an incredible sailing trip living aboard Chance Discovery.
Participate in sailing the yacht, join in with the research team or just sit back, relax and watch the team in action.
The expedition aims to explore areas that are whale and dolphin data deficient. The expert research team will introduce the wonders of marine mammals, their main threats and how to contribute to protecting their vulnerable world. You will be given the chance to experience unforgettable close encounters with these magnificent creatures, and learn the essential role they play in our oceans. You will see first hand a varety of scientific data collection process with visual sightings, drone recodings, hydrophone and genetic sampling.
During the expedtion we are likely to encounter Bottlenose dolphin, Striped dolphin, Short-beaked common dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, Sperm whale, Cuvier’s beaked whale, Fin whale and maybe the Mediterranean monk seal and possibly the Humpback Whale. All are categorized as Threatened or Data Deficient. It is therefore vital to research and monitor these populations and work towards necessary conservation measures. For this reason, our pioneering expedition aims to fill the knowledge gaps through integrating research with conservation actions.
The expedition covers the coastal and offshore waters of South Adriatic to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea starting in Montenegro and ending in Turkey. Join us for any one part or all of the one week legs of the expedition. Space is limited to a maximum of 4 guests using two of the master stateroom, forward double or Pullman with two single bunks.
An episode of the long running Montenegro TV program “Life With the Sea” covering the work of the Research Team. It starts in Montenegrin but is then in English after the first couple of interviews.
Our routing and availability is as follows
LEG 1 : Montenegro to Greek Ionian. ETD from Porto Montenegro is the 30th April 2018. Only 2 places remaining.
LEG 2 : Corfu to Athens via the Corinth Canal. ETD from Corfu is 8th May. All four places available.
LEG 3 : Athens to Crete. ETD from Athens is 15th May. Fully booked.
LEG 4 : Iraklion to either Marmaris, Fethiye or Antalya, Turkey. ETD from Iraklion 24th May. Only 3 places remaining.
Spaces are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment !
Thereafter there will be a 10 day survey exploring the very deep waters offshore the Turkish Coast. It is anticipated this is where the larger Cetaceans will be found.
Only 4 places remaining.