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Portugal is setting up a "celebrities training dolphins" reality tv show! Where "celebrities" are filmed training dolphins for entertainment of the crowds and funny mishaps of the people. This is unfortunate, sad and atrocious. There is no need for this kind of torture, nor for this kind of mentality to keep developing freely. You can help by signing the petition below! http://ow.ly/Migsf
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DMAD on the news again! Proudly standing on the boat after a day's work! http://ow.ly/M4Bxo
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A curious new friendship sparked between a pod of Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and a deformed dolphin. http://ow.ly/LTg6C
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Effects of the yet too near Fukushima catastrophe. Mass strandings of dolphins species are not very common, and despite earlier comments by the Japanese officials that it would relate to psychological issues, or excessive parasites, the final conclusion from the autopsies reveals radiated lungs as a consequence of the radioactive leakage that is still occurring near Fukushima. The oceans are connected and these effects will not stop. Radiation in high doses or constant doses disrupts the organic systems to a critical point. Not only cetaceans, but any organism living near and soon, in the whole Pacific Ocean will suffer direct effects of this radiation. Species show high signs of population decline. This event took the life of more than 160 dolphins, and unfortunately, they won't be the last lives taken.


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This time, a post by Carine Gansen, our resident Luxembourger research assisstant!
"Since we were not blessed with dolphin presence during the first boat trip in Antalya bay we were looking forward to the next one. In addition, we traded the fishing trawler against a small ferry that usually guides tourists along the beautiful cliffs up to the Duden waterfalls of Antalya.
While leaving the harbour the sun rose and enlightened the city. Even a slight hint of a rainbow was visible. Along our way through Antalya bay a Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) accompanied us and reminded us through its plumage that summer isn’t that far away anymore.
The equipment was set. The cameras and binoculars are clean and functional, the GPS is active, the pencils are sharp and both the photographers and spotters are ready to find the target of this expedition, the cetaceans.
Suddenly, the water splashed in the distance. The closer the boat got the more fins became visible. Our whole team became aware of it and each member focused on his/her task while the dolphins travelled by our side. The species could be identified as the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). One was excessively curious and approached our vessel to check on us. After a few jumps and dives around the boat it reunited with its group and soon after this we left them in order to not intervene in their natural behaviour.
Later on another group of dolphins was encountered. Because of the distance, not a lot of data could be collected but we our mission was successful and we returned happily back to the harbour. The next trip is awaited with impatience. "
http://ow.ly/i/aoAru http://ow.ly/i/aoArM
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A Common Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) was found stranded in Adana beach it was unfortunately already dead. Never the less a very good opportunity for scientists to understand a little bit more of the life and biology of these mighty creatures http://ow.ly/LEpnu
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Here is the story from one of our first volunteers! @Caserta Valentina

"The story so far…
A tale by Caserta Valentina.
One month ago, I left my country to begin a new adventure. The first time in foreign country, alone with my maceronic English as my only companion. I was excited, but pretty worried.
All my fears are gone, now, because I’m very happy and honored to undertaken this adventure. In the first place: DMAD staff. They are very nice people, very patient and avaiable, full of energy and passion. Their wish to understand more and more about misterious Levantine cetaceans’ population and extend human knowledge about those magnificent animals have awakened my own passion. To see free dolphins swim inside their own habitat, it is fullfill my heart of happiness. What can I say, when a curious dolphin approaches our boat to snoop? Or when they jump out from the water? Or to heard their breaths?
I miss those emotions which belong to an another life. A student’s life linked to much burocracy and duties. Now, the only favour that they ask me is: add my passion to theirs.
The work sometimes could be bored, because we don’t know the real cetacean population yet, so we can pass whole mornings or afternoons without sight anything. As a dolphin. Yes, because this piece of Mediterranean Sea hide so many surprises. It’s not hard to sight a loggerhead turtle or (during the last land-based survey) a monk seal, indeed! Spot moments that remain in our hearts, fullfills our energies and drives out the veil of boredom and resignation that cloacked our frozen bodies.
But…
At last, to observe the slowly changes of the sea, it’s the most peaceful work, isn’t it?
I’m very satisfied of my choice and the time spent with DMAD. I learned so much, more than I expected. Not only about the professional sphere, but also in human relationship, opening my mind toward new challeges and preparing myself to face the big world once again.
Thank you so much for all!
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Our first Press Apearence, in one of the most read magazines in Turkeuy, Atlas, this time, Atlas kids edition :) http://ow.ly/KYmXN
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today we've seen the beautifull Mediterranean Gull in its full summer plumage! weve spoted some bottlenose's as well
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today we've found Mediterranean Gull in its full summer plumage!
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