LONG TERM RESEARCH
It is a very elegant solution when whale watching can be combined with research. In La Gomera, this collaboration has been taking place since 1997. Using our boats as a platform for research, we mainly support our partner M.E.E.R. e.V., but we also offer marine biologists the opportunity to go out on the ocean with us for behavioural biology studies.
Every day during our excursions, the OCEANO team collects valuable sighting data, creating the basis for scientific publications such as the ones mentioned below. By means of this continuous data collection and entry into the database we support the long-term scientific research here in La Gomera. The results and evaluation can be seen in the exhibition at our OCEANO info centre, as well as in our presentations and talks. The continuous data collection over a long time enables the researchers to gain insight into the developments and changes within the different whale and dolphin populations. For the last few years, the scientific research of M.E.E.R. e.V., headed by the marine biologist Fabian Ritter, is particularly focussed on the subject of the effects of climate change on the biodiversity off La Gomera. We also support a comprehensive research project on Beaked whales done by the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, by sending them photos and data of our sightings.
The idea is that the findings of scientific research should contribute to the protection of the animals and the ocean, serving as a basis for political choices and decisions.
A choice of M.E.E.R. e.V.’s abstracts is available as PDF to download:
- Scientific publication on the biodiversity off La Gomera
- Rough-toothed dolphin photo identification study
- Study on the individual behaviour of the different cetacean species towards Whale Watching boats
- Unusually numerous sightings of Bryde’s whales off La Gomera in 2005
- A long-term study of the cetaceans off La Gomera
- Study on land-based observations of cetaceans on La Gomera