FIN WHALE PROJECT
The main project that the association is currently carrying out is the Fin Whale Project. This is the study on the seasonal presence, in spring, of the fin whale, the only species of whale that regularly inhabits the Mediterranean and the second largest animal in the world after the blue whale. This project has shown for the first time the feeding of the fin whale on the Catalan coast and what are the environmental conditions that allow there to be great wealth in the trophic chain for these giants to travel to the area to feed. In this way, we can consider that the right conditions exist on this coast and it is the important habitat where these cetaceans feed, these being indicators of the existing environmental conditions. In the same way, we study the factors that affect the conservation of these marine mammals, such as plastic and acoustic pollution and mainly maritime traffic and collisions with large ships.
They also have an educational project where they hold talks for both adults and children in schools, companies and events, where they raise awareness about the great biodiversity of species found in the Catalan coast. They also talk about the scientific studies of the organization, the Fin Whale Project, the factors that affect these species such as plastic, collisions and noise pollution and also about the importance of caring for the oceans.
The project consists of monitoring the amount and type of microplastics found in the area where the whales inhabit. With specialized equipment and technicians, this research is carried out simultaneously with the fin whale research. Once they get the samples of microplastics, they analyze it to come up with specific data and also to use it for workshops with kids.