Aleta a la vista!
WHAT IS THE "ALETA A LA VISTA" PROJECT?
"Aleta a la Vista" is a project whose objective is to establish a collaboration with the fishing and nautical-recreational sector to increase the sources of data on cetaceans (dolphins and whales) obtained throughout the year in the Strait of Gibraltar .
Why are cetacean data important ?
Cetaceans are at the top of the trophic chain of marine ecosystems, and play a very important role in their balance and health. Seeing them in the middle of nature enjoying their natural habitat is also the main objective of many tourists who visit Andalusia, and therefore they represent a very important source of income in our community, helping to move and stimulate the local economy.
Who can participate and how ?
Any vessel sailing in the Strait of Gibraltar can collaborate. To get involved in “Aleta a la vista”, you only need a photo or video of the individuals who report to the sea to identify the species and the coordinates of each of the encounters as a complement to the photographic material.
With these data it would be possible to collect information on their movements and distribution, and in some cases on their health if an individual is found to be in poor physical condition or with visible marks or scars.
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Also visit this parallel project for the conservation of the fin whale in the Strait of Gibraltar organized by our colleagues from Ecolocaliza