Sperm whales and dolphins in Paleohora, Chania, Crete – Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute

sperm whales and dolphins in Palaiohora, Crete

The presence of sperm whales in Southern Crete is related to the very
steep underwater cliffs that exist near the coastline. At these depths,
deep-living squids on which sperm whales feed, are abundant. Research
has shown that Southern Crete is the only known area in the world where
social groups (i.e. females and their offspring) and solitary males co-exist
all year round. The most plausible explanation for this unique phenomenon
is that living conditions in this area are ideal for sperm whales.

The ecovolunteer programme “Meet the Sperm Whales and Dolphins
of Southern Crete
” was initiated in the summer of 1999 with great
success. One of the primary aims of the program is to acquaint people
with the sperm whale, one of the most magnificent animals, not only of
Greek fauna, but also of our planet as a whole. It is not widely known
that these peaceful giants inhabit the Greek waters, consequently, people
are amazed when they find out. By exposing people to sperm whales, dolphins
and the Greek natural heritage, the program ultimately aspires to raise
public awareness regarding the value of the natural environment and the
need to protect it. Furthermore, the ecovolunteer program is the primary
source of funding for the “Cretan Sperm Whale Project”. This
research project which focuses on the broadening of our knowledge and
understanding of sperm whales and the monitoring of their population,
would not be possible without the support of ecovolunteers!

Visit the Pelagos
Cetacean Research Institute
and learn more about its activities and
the ways that you can join its ecovolunteer program. Prices start from
14.000 GDR per day and the program lasts 7 days.

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