How it all started…
The idea for a marine mammal research team -focusing on cetaceans- was first conceived by Nicolas Pipinis, an experienced Oceanographer and Skipper. The “Homo Delphinus” team was first set-up in April 2014 during a preliminary study concerning the presence of cetaceans in the Ionian sea and it took the form of a unincorporated voluntary group of marine researchers, environmentalists, photographers and engineers.
First Surveys and cooperation with CRRU
After the first 3 Survey trips (1st: September 2013, 2nd: May 2014, 3rd: Octomber 2014) Homo Delphinus started a cooperation with CRRU (Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit), a small non-profit research organisation based in northeast Scotland dedicated to the welfare, conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) through scientific investigation and environmental education, Headed by Dr Kevin Robinson. Homo Delphinus and CRRU conducted their first joint Survey on April 2015 with very promising and encouraging results (among other sightings, we sighted and photographed a group of 3 Cuvier's beaked whales, comprising of 2 adults and a newborn!)
After the impressive results of out last joint survey, Homo Delphinus and CRRU decided to schedule 2 more weekly surveys on October 2015 focusing on Cuvier’s beaked whale presence in the Outer Ionian Sea. Cuvier’s beaked whale is one of the most elusive and rarely seen cetacean species of the world with record breaking dives (both depth and time) and especially vulnerable to anthropogenic noise.