the Fin Whale Project

For the second consecutive year, the LAB has deployed a real-time acoustic buoy off Vilanova i la Geltrú (Catalonia, Spain) where migrating fin whales are regularly encountered very close to shore. The Edmaktub Association is leading a research programme in the area aimed at understanding the distribution pattern of this population in this specific region of the Mediterranean Sea where it is thought that fin whales halt their migration to feed. The live stream of audio data will be available until the end of June when the whales definitively leave the area.

the European Cetacean Society Conference

The annual European Cetacean Society Conference ( was held in Madeira this week. This Society gathers around 500 researchers who devote their effort on the research of marine mammal conservation issues. A series of workshops concentrated on specific research topics and the ECS Science Advisory Committee (SAC) held a Best Practice Workshop on Behavioural Reaction of Marine Mammals after Controlled Exposure Experiments (CEE). This series of Best Practice Workshops aims at providing the ECS members guidance on how to conduct research limiting the impact on the studied animals and on the marine ecosystems.