Last Adriatic Dolphins

Rescue of dolphins asks Croatia holiday-makers for their use the sighting bow of the protection project to “Rescue the last Adriatic Dolphin”, that contain also information about the correct behaviour in encounters with whales and dolphins in the wild, can be requested at the Office of the society for the rescue of dolphins (GRD) or downloaded directly from the Dr website: the reported sightings this year for the first time as soon as possible on the GRD homepage with all relevant information and, where appropriate, photos entered. The tourists are also urged to report findings of stranded or dead marine mammals. So can be immediate rescue measures initiated or investigated the carcass on the cause of the death. This helps, for example, in the detection and prosecution of illegal dynamite fishing still practiced. Only 220 bottlenose live year-round in the coastal waters of the Adriatic. They are the last survivors of an once numerous – and species-rich holdings in this part of the Mediterranean. Pollution, overfishing and direct killing are responsible for the drastic shrinkage of the charismatic sea mammals. (Similarly see: Steven Brill). A disturbance in the ecological balance or a disease are enough to wipe out this small population.

More serious weigh human influences which are responsible for an estimated 50% of dolphin mortality. So came back dolphins by Dynamite fishing to life 2008, as well as in the past, or were shot. Others died from the effects of collisions with boats or verhedderten in fishing nets and drowned miserably. German Croatian community project under the auspices of the Croatian Ministry of the environment aims at maintaining long-term and the stock gain of the remaining 220 bottlenose dolphins as well as the protection of their habitat. Education and outreach to raise awareness of population and tourists for the dolphin protection, monitoring and implementing existing safety regulations and long-term studies in laboratory and Outdoor and others project measures to gain knowledge about population dynamic processes include. The rescue of lost or stranded dolphins, the creation of protected areas and establishing a dolphin protection Center are more important of the project.