Through dolphin biology field courses, we involve people from around the world and let them know about dolphin research methods and ways of contributing to marine conservation.

We raise public and institutional awareness in a variety of ways, presenting our work to audiences including university students, school children and fishers in Italy and Greece.


We disseminate information through video documentaries, articles, books and various digital media (see some examples).

We also manage a Blog and a Facebook page where photos and news are regularly posted.


Below, we provide examples of work we have done over the years, and we list selected resources that may be used for awareness purposes.

Digital media

Advice to students


Valuable video resources

Other resources:
E-mail discussion lists
Cetacean taxonomy, species accounts and endangered species
Marine Protected Areas
Marine biodiversity databases
Databases, portals, bibliographies, search tools
Photos and videos
Selected sites containing relevant information and/or multiple resources
Tools for scientific research on cetaceans and other taxonomic groups

  Digital media  

Grieving Striped Dolphin

    A short video on epimeletic behavior

The Dolphins of Corinth

    A 17-min documentary video featuring some of our activities in the Gulf of Corinth (author: Jens Kramer / Design Armada)

20 September 2014

    A short video of an encounter with striped and Risso's dolphins
  Striped and common dolphins (2013)
    Underwater footage of the two species swimming together
  Dead Turtle Story (2013)
    An encounter with a bycaught loggerhead sea turtle
  Mediterranean Jelly Dance (2013)
    A Cotylorhiza bloom of in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece
  Encounters Among Waves (2011)

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  Artisanal Fisheries in the Gulf of Corinth (2013)

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  Dolphins of Evia (2011)

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  Delfini e Pesca nel Sinis (2011)

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  Dolphins of Slovenia (2012)

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Our Friends the Dolphins (1994)

    An educational FREE colouring booklet available in 12 languages !

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How to Draw a Dolphin in Motion (2013)


Disappearing Dolphins (2007)

    A video documentary by Chris Johnson on the decline of coastal dolphins in Greece

DolphinPeople (2004)


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Mediterranean Coastal Dolphins (2004)


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  Advice to students  

Tips and links that may help in a student's professional career are on a separate page: click here.


Dolphin Confidential — Confessions of a Field Biologist

A book by Maddalena Bearzi

Chicago University Press, 224 pp
Language: English; Year: 2012


Beautiful Minds — The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins

A book by Maddalena Bearzi and Craig B. Stanford

Harvard University Press, 368 pp
Language: English (also available in French); Year: 2008


At Home with the Dolphins

A short chapter by Giovanni Bearzi in T. Frohoff and B. Peterson, eds. Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond

Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, pp 104–109
Language: English; Year: 2003

  Valuable video resources  

Planet Ocean

A film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, with stunning images of our blue planet.

Language: English; Year: 2013


Vaquita – Last Chance for the Desert Porpoise

A documentary about the critically endangered vaquita in Mexico.

Language: English, Spanish; Year: 2010


The Blue Ocean of Howard Hall

A "best of" collection of recent footage.

Language: English; Year: 2010



A film featuring the stunning beauty of Planet Earth, the damage inflicted by human activities, and how the trend could be reversed.

Language: Arabic, English, Spanish; Year: 2009


The End of the Line

A documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans. The film shows firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food.

Language: English; Year: 2009


Shifting Baselines

A video about ocean decline.

Language: Chinese, English, Spanish; Year: unknown


The Last Ocean

A powerful presentation featuring one of the last pristine marine ecosystems in the world: the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Language: English; Year: 2009


Stanford Commencement Address‬

Some useful advice by the late Steve Jobs.

Language: English; Year: 2005


Breathing Earth

How often is a child born? How often does someone die? How much CO2 are we producing? A time-series animation.

Language: English; Year: 2010


Midway: Message from the Gyre

One of several impressive endeavours by Chris Jordan.

Language: English; Year: 2009


The Story of Stuff

A fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

Language: several; Year: 2007


Music Painting

A sweet music video.

Language: English; Year: 2010

  Other resources  

E-mail discussion lists

ECS-Talk — A non-moderated e-mail list for people interested in cetacean research.

MARMAM — A moderated e-mail list for people interested in marine mammal research.


Cetacean taxonomy, species accounts and endangered species

Cetaceans of the World
A database of modern cetacean taxonomy edited by William Perrin.

CMS review on small cetaceans: distribution, behaviour, migration and threats
Compiled by Boris M. Culik for the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
The International Union for Conservation of Nature classification of the status of living species.

National Red Lists
This site provides a focal point for the global conservation community to share biodiversity data, Conservation Actions Plans and Red Listing experiences, and in doing so, work together towards the effective conservation of species worldwide.

World Register of Marine Species
WoRMS provides an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature. The content of WoRMS is controlled by taxonomic experts.


Marine Protected Areas
Sponsored by WDCS, this site is dedicated to the conservation of the critical habitats of whales, dolphins and porpoises in national waters and on the high seas of the world ocean. You will find explanations of key marine protected area (MPA) terms such as critical habitat and ecosystem-based management; excerpts from Erich Hoyt’s book Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises; an interactive directory and poster-map of the more than 500 MPAs and sanctuaries for cetaceans, both proposed and existing; news about MPAs and interviews with cetacean experts, and a detailed resource section with links and downloads.

MPA global - A database of the world’s Marine Protected Areas
This project falls within the Sea Around Us Project, an activity initiated and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and hosted by the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre. It is the result of a formal collaboration between the Sea Around Us Project, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA). This project has two main goals: firstly, to develop a more robust global marine protected area (MPA) baseline than currently exists; and secondly, to develop alternative scenarios of global MPA networks using spatial modelling techniques.

The Database of Experts in Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean
A tool developed by WWF Mediterranean and the MEDPAN network for managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean Sea.


Marine biodiversity databases

Obis - Seamap
Website for project OBIS-SEAMAP (Ocean Biogeographic Information System - Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations). Marine mammal, seabird and sea turtle data are organized into a spatially referenced database.

A global information system with all you ever wanted to know about fishes. FishBase is a relational database with information to cater to different professionals such as research scientists, fisheries managers, zoologists and many more.

A FishBase-like information system for marine organisms. It provides, for each species included, the biological information necessary to conduct biodiversity and ecosystem studies, taking advantage of lists of species already available on paper and electronically, and using the scientific names they provide as ‘hook’ to organize biodiversity information.

The Cephalopod Page
CephBase is a relational database-driven interactive web page providing reliable data on cephalopods as well as information for almost all of the world's cephalopod specialists.

Standardized distribution maps for currently 7,000+ species of fishes, marine mammals and invertebrates. Please note that maps for Mediterranean cetaceans often represent suitable or potential habitat rather than actual distribution.


Databases, portals, bibliographies, search tools

The European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology is an internal portal for sharing information and creating synergy in Europe.

National Sea Grant Library
The National Sea Grant Library (NSGL) is the official Sea Grant archive and home to a comprehensive collection of Sea Grant–funded documents. This collection covers a wide variety of subjects, such as oceanography, marine education, aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic nuisance species, coastal hazards, seafood safety, limnology, coastal zone management, marine recreation, and law.

Sea Around Us Project
The Sea Around Us Project is devoted to studying the impact of fisheries on the world's marine ecosystems. To achieve this, project staff have used a Geographic Information System to map global fisheries catches from 1950 to the present, under explicit consideration of coral reefs, seamounts, estuaries and other critical habitats of fish, marine invertebrates, marine mammals and other components of marine biodiversity. The data presented, which are all freely available, are meant to support studies of global fisheries trends and the development of sustainable, ecosystem-based fisheries policies.

The Environment Directory
The Environment Directory is one of the largest exclusively environmental organization directories on the web and includes sites from over 100 countries.

The Watery World of Whales
A site with miscellaneus information about whales and whale conservation.

Giovanni is a web-based application that provides a simple and intuitive way to visualize, analyze, and access vast amounts of Earth science remote sensing data without having to download the data. Giovanni is comprised of a number of interfaces, called instances, each tailored to meet the needs of different research communities: Atmospheric, Environmental, Ocean, and Hydrology.
Subsidies paid to owners of fishing vessels and others working in the fishing industry under the European Union’s common fisheries policy amount to approximately €1 billion a year. – a project coordinated by EU Transparency and Kaas and Mulvad – tells you who gets what from the Common Fisheries Policy.



Macaulay Library
The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's largest natural sound and video archive of animal behavior. A large percentage of the recordings can be searched and played online. The Library also provides services for consultation, custom compilations, and professionally edited versions of its assets.

A database for research in automatic recognition of marine animal calls.

CIBRA: Underwater bioacoustics and marine mammals
The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioacoustics and Environmental Research, founded in 1988, is endowed with a Laboratory of Marine Bioacoustics and Acoustical Oceanography. Its activities focus on research projects on the acoustic communication in animals, the development of equipment and protocols for the monitoring and censusing with passive acoustics, the development of advanced sound analysis methods based on the digital processing of signals, the establishment of a Digital Sound Library of Mediterranean Cetaceans as well as the technical support to other institutions involved in bioacoustical research.

Discovery of Sound in the Sea
This website will introduce you to the science and uses of sound in the sea. The Audio Gallery features underwater sounds created by marine animals, human activities, and natural phenomena such as lightning, earthquakes, and rain. The Technology Gallery features a variety of equipment that uses sound to investigate the ocean. The site also includes video interviews with scientists that study how marine animals produce and hear sounds. Investigate how scientists use underwater acoustics to track ocean currents, identify potential obstacles, and quantify fish distributions. There is also a special section for teachers with resources and classroom activities. The Discovery of Sound in the Sea website focuses on acoustics in the ocean. However, much of the information about sound in the ocean and underwater bioacoustics are true for all aquatic environments.


Photos and videos

A collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world's species, including marine mammals.

Marine Photobank
The Marine Photobank is a leading visual resource that has galvanized people from all over the planet to collect, share and download marine photos, images and graphics that shed light on how humans have affected life in the ocean. These images are available at no cost for non-commercial purposes as well as for media use.

Marine Mammal Radiology
The website is designed to disseminate information regarding marine mammal diagnostic imaging studies including the types of studies available and examples of normal anatomy and disease processes from different marine mammal species.


Selected sites containing relevant information and/or multiple resources

Society for Marine Mammalogy
The Society for Marine Mammalogy, founded in 1981, aims to: 1) evaluate and promote the educational, scientific and managerial advancement of marine mammal science, 2) gather and disseminate to members of the Society, the public and public and private institutions, scientific, technical and management information through publications and meetings; and 3) provide scientific information, as required, on matters related to the conservation and management of marine mammal resources.

European Cetacean Society
The European Cetacean Society (ECS, established in 1987) aims to promote and co-ordinate the scientific study and conservation of cetaceans, and to gather and disseminate information to members and the general public.

IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group
The Cetacean Specialist Group promotes and facilitates the conservation of cetaceans worldwide.  It functions as a catalyst, clearinghouse, and facilitator for cetacean-related research and conservation action. Emphasis is on the recovery of endangered species and populations, while also recognising the importance of maintaining the full diversity of the cetacean species and populations.

Cetacean Bycatch Resource Center
An online clearinghouse for information, statistics, news, inquiries, scientific papers, technological advances and the latest developments in cetacean bycatch mitigation.

Bycatch Reduction Techniques Database
A searchable database of references and summaries from bycatch reduction studies, as well as descriptions of bycatch mitigation techniques.

UBC Fisheries Centre
The University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre promotes multidisciplinary study of aquatic ecosystems and broad-based collaboration with maritime communities, government, NGOs and other partners.

Blue Ocean Institute
Blue Ocean Institute works to inspire a closer relationship with the sea through science, art, and literature. It develops conservation solutions that are compassionate to people as well as to ocean wildlife, and shares reliable information that enlightens personal choices, instills hope, and helps restore living abundance in the ocean.

European Environment Agency
The European Environment Agency is the EU body dedicated to providing sound, independent information on the environment. It is a main information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an international campaigning organisation committed to investigating and exposing environmental crime.

FAO Fisheries
FAO's Major Programme on Fisheries aims to promote sustainable development of responsible fisheries and contribute to food security. To implement this Major Programme, the Fisheries Department focuses its activities, through programmes in Fishery Resources, Fishery Policy, Fishery Industries and Fishery Information.

NOAA Fisheries
The US NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to the stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management, and the promotion of healthy ecosystems.

How Fish are Caught or Farmed
Commercial fisheries use a variety of fishing methods and fishing gear to catch the fish we eat. Some are environmentally friendly; others aren't. This site by the Monterey Bay Aquarium reviews fishing methods and features drawings and simple animations.



An interactive educational web site which focuses on whales and marine research. WhaleNet is sponsored by Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts with initial support from the National Science Foundation.

Don't Feed Wild Dolphins
Video and other information to discourage people from feeding and inappropriately interacting with wild dolphins.



OceanLaw is a leading provider of research and consultancy services concerning international law of the sea and ocean policy, and a leading developer of information and knowledge resources in these fields. With particular specialisms in international fisheries law and protection of the marine environment and marine biodiversity, OceanLaw's expertise extends to all areas of ocean law and policy including seabed issues, navigation, shipping, maritime boundary issues, marine scientific research and the settlement of disputes. OceanLaw is also the publisher of a number of major resources in the field of international fisheries law.

International Wildlife Law
Aims to contribute to the conservation of endangered wildlife species by helping to strengthen international wildlife treaty regimes, regional accords and national legislation that implements international treaty regimes. The group's efforts focus on scholarship and public education efforts.


Tools for scientific research on cetaceans and other taxonomic groups

Cetacean Research Technology
Technical equipment for cetacean research, including hydrophones, suction cups and other tools targeted to marine mammal research professionals.

A software system which allows marine scientists to maintain information for the study of various behavioral and ecological patterns of common bottlenose dolphins. The software provides a graphical user interface to access a collection of digital dorsal fin images along with textual information which describes individual animals as well as relevant sighting data. Users may query the system with the name of a specific individual or the entire collection may be sorted and viewed based upon sighting location, sighting date, or damage category. Alternatively, the researcher may query a database of previously identified dolphin dorsal fin images with an image of an unidentified dolphin's fin. Darwin responds with a rank ordered list of database fin images that most closely resemble the query image. Darwin is also available on GoogleCode.

Distance is a Windows-based computer package that allows to design and analyze distance sampling surveys of wildlife populations.

Program MARK is the most flexible, widely used application currently available for parameter estimation using data from marked individuals.

Programs for the analysis of animal social structure
SOCPROG is a series of MATLAB programs written by Hal Whitehead for analyzing data on the social structure, population structure and movements of identified individuals. The programs are designed to be easy to use, most input is done through graphical user interfaces, and most things can be done without any knowledge of MATLAB. The programs are designed to be flexible so you can tailor the analyses to your data and hypotheses.

Marine Mammal Movement and Behavior (3MB)
The 3MB software is a component of the Effects of Sound on the Marine Environment (ESME) software package but is also available as a stand-alone package. The 3MB software allows the creation of simulated aquatic species, or animats. Each animat consists of a series of behavioral states with probabilities of transition between states that can be modified according to abiotic factors (e.g. time of day, bathymetry). Each behavioral state contains controls for dictating the various components of an animat's dive behavior, including depth, ascent and descent speed, horizontal rate of travel, surface time, etc. Animat movements may also be constrained by bathymetric features and animats can be made responsive to simulated sound exposures. Furthermore, animats may function as individuals or be constrained to "pod" behavior. The 3MB software permits the exploration of species dive behavior and provides an approach to estimating acoustic impacts to marine mammals when integrated with a suitable sound propagation model. Simple sound sources are made available in 3MB and a suite of "aversive" behaviors that are triggered above a threshold response can be programmed by the user. This permits the exploration of possible response scenarios to sound exposure, including the potential for beaching.

Fluke Matcher
A computer-aided fluke matching program which increases efficiency in identifying individuals and finding resights within photo-identification catalogues of humpback whales.

Marine Mammal Habitat Modeling
A resource for researchers seeking to use statistical models to examine relationships between marine mammal occurrence/distribution and the environment. Several workshops have been held on this subject in conjunction with the Society for Marine Mammalogy's Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, and this website is a repository for presentations, schedules, software, references, and other resources associated with these workshops.

Marine mammal skeletal preparation and articulation
A message sent to MARMAM, explaining how to prepare a marine mammal skeleton.

Cetacean passive monitoring equipment
Chelonia Limited manufactures passive cetacean monitoring equipment designed for use in a wide range of research projects and environments.

PAMGUARD - cetacean passive acoustic monitoring software
An open source (publicly owned and freely available) development which aims to address the limitations of existing cetacean passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) software capabilities by creating an integrated PAM software infrastructure that is open source and available to all users.

Software for population analysis
A fairly complete list of available software and related information to perform population analysis, particularly in terms of estimation of abundance, and both survival and recruitment rates (using both capture-recapture and recovery models).

PWRC software archive
List of programs developed at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and elsewhere for the analysis of animal populations for wildlife biologists and managers.

The program interfaces with a digital theodolite and provides a dynamic and user-friendly interface to support theodolite tracking. The system collects, manages and analyzes theodolite data and calculates distance, bearing, and location information in real-time. It was designed to store theodolite station information (such as the observation height, geographical position of the station, and reference azimuth) for multiple stations.

Raven Pro
Raven Pro is an interactive sound analysis programme intended for bioacoustics research. Raven allows for the acquisition, visualization, measurement, and analysis of sounds. It is produced by Cornell University's Bioacoustics Research Program. Raven Pro provides a powerful, user-friendly research and teaching tool for scientists working with acoustic signals. Raven Lite is a free software program that lets users record, save, and visualize sounds as spectrograms and waveforms. Raven Exhibit is a sound visualization and recording system optimized for public displays and exhibits. Raven Viewer provides visual access to the sounds in the Macaulay Library archive, the world's largest collection of recorded animal sounds.