In October 2018, the T-CPI research team, consisting of Elaine Ford, Karl O’ Neil, Amber Lucy, Felix Smith and director Harry Wright will travel to the Island of Ischia, Italy, in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea, to spend time with the marine research team of Oceanomare Delphis Onlus (ODO) and to learn more about their important work.

The waters off Ischia, offer a unique opportunity for the study of cetaceans. Since 1991, “over seven different Mediterranean species have been recorded. The area is well known for its important pelagic biodiversity, as is known as a breeding ground for fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), feeding and breeding ground for striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus), and social units of sperm whales (Physter microcephalus). The area has been listed by the ICUN as a critical habitat for endangered short beaked common dolphins (Delhinus delphis) and also occasionally bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and pilot whales (Globicephala melas).”

ODO works to study and preserve cetaceans here, and the ecosystems they inhabit, through knowledge, conservation and awareness action. The organisation, advances the science and practice of conserving cetaceans and marine biological diversity, implementing non-invasive studies, promoting education and conservation programmes to enhance public awareness of, and concern for the marine environment. ODO is also a member of the Cetacean Alliance, a non-for profit making network of non-governmental organisations committed to preserving marine biodiversity and reducing human impact on cetacean populations, with over 100,000 members.

T-CPI will be working closely with the ODO research team, to help raise more awareness about the plight of cetaceans in this important biodiversity hotspot, and document through film the important research that the organisation is undertaking.

To learn more about the important work of ODO please visit here http://www.oceanomaredelphis.org