Save Mediterranean Risso’s Dolphins

Ocean Born Foundation Grant 2022

We are funding Alnitak’s research on the endangered Risso’s dolphin, a cetacean that may be used as an indicator species for open sea MPAs in the Mediterranean. We hope to gain insight into the threats posed to the open sea ecosystem and learn how to protect it and its habitat. This species is rapidly vanishing as a result of entanglement in illegal fishing gear and “invisible” threats such as underwater noise and microplastics. Due to their vastness and distance from the coast, open sea areas are understudied and generally difficult to monitor.

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