The Research: A biologist is always present on board to comment the sightings and to collect the data. Such an engagement allows us to work with several Research Institutes like Fondazione Cima, Arion and Aurora Polare for the research and the preservation of the cetaceans in the so-called "International Sanctuary of the Ligurian Sea".
The Harbour: Porto Maurizio is a perfect starting point to get to that stretch of sea (15-20 miles off shore) where the greater number of sightings is recorded. The shipment is situated right in the centre of the charming "Borgo Marina", next to the Harbour Office. At a few hundred metres you can find the railway station and a large parking for cars and campers. By A10 motorway we suggest to follow the exit sign of Imperia Ovest.
Weather Conditions: Waves and a good navigation are assured, and the weather forecasts are checked every day in order to have the ideal conditions for the sightings. Anyway the captain can give up the departure without notice or return to port in advance if the sea gets worst.
The experience: In its 4-year activity, the "Corsaro" has been carrying out 350 sightings during 266 excursions, which means more or less two per every trip. Even if the sighting cannot be assured, as the cetaceans are free animal in the open sea, the chance of success is of about 92%.
Useful Advices: The Whale Watcher must wear sportive clothes. We suggest a windcheater and a protective sun cream. You can complete your equipment with video camera and binoculars.
Dauphins and Whales in the Ligurian Sea: The Ligurian and the Corsican Seas, being declared "sheltered area for the preservation of the cetaceans with the name of International Sanctuary in 1993, have a very high concentration of this species of Mammalian. If we look carefully at the water surface of this area it is possible to find regularly at least 8 different species.
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