BCNCET-CETCAT

BCNCET 2011-2014

Further study of cetacean populations is being done around the Balearic Sea, focusing in the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) and Sperm whales. (Physeter macrocephalus). Furthermore, deeper research and willing of knowledge about cetacean species populations that inhabit our waters is being done as well, specially studying the least known species, such as Cuvier’s beaked whale, as others catalogued with a higher level of threat and commmon species of the area (bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), striped (Stenella coeruleoalba), Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus), pilot whales (Globicephala melas) and common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) populations.

This project aims to ensur systematic campaigns of cetacean prospection in the Mediterranean strip between Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, in order to depeen into the identified areas as particularly important for cetaceans during the precedent project.

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BCNCET 2010-2011

Cetacean population study of the Barcelona-Balearic Islands Mediterranean strip

Specific campaigns of cetacean systematic prospecting are performed throughout the year in order to obtain information on the different cetacean species that inhabit the waters between Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. This surveys are especially focused in the study of those ones catalogued with a high level of threat, such as Fin whale or other present but unknown as the sperm whale or Cuvier. Apart from the onboard campaigns using the MAKTUB catamaran, systematic campaigns by plane of cetacean prospection (18 seasons) are contemplated  to optimize employed time / space covered ratio. It is a project funded by the Barcelona Zoo.