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Audrey took part in the Expeditions expedition to the Pelagos Sanctuary: Study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 6 days, carried out in August 2019

My participation

Our daily tasks were distributed as follows:
- wake up because the sun
- surveillance and census watch towers for cetaceans and other marine animals
- wonder at the sperm whales, dolphins and other turtles
- cleaning the boat
- kitchen for all members
- well deserved rest
- jokes and moments of relaxation
- swimming with mola mola
- dancing on the bridge
- night under the shooting stars

My expectations

Great stay! Very good atmosphere, animal and human encounters of great quality!

My advice

Sunscreen, music playlist and hat not to forget!

What I retain

Magical moments under the stars and at sunrise on the Mediterranean, beautiful encounters

My assets

As a Bio Diver, the knowledge gained will be passed on to my students

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Emilio participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2019
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My participation

Groups of three people were formed each day to carry out observation shifts. A quarter lasted 1H30 (duration initially planned at 2H, but reduced to 1H30 given the concentration effort that this could represent). Each ecovolunteer made about 3 per day. The groups were not fixed and changed every quarter so that we all worked together. We were equipped with binoculars equipped with a compass to measure the course, and had a tablet with ObsEnMer software to collect observation data.

These data came from meetings with cetaceans - that each participant was waiting with a mixture of hope and impatience! - but also the census of human activities (boats around) and possible waste. The ObsEnMer application is well designed and easy to use. You would nevertheless be wrong to consider this task as boring, because as soon as cetaceans are reported, the boat begins a change of course to go cautiously to meet them, but in a great effervescence where everyone uses the means at their disposal to take photos and videos. In these moments we became children amazed by animals that some of us had never seen closely (as was my case).

Apart from the observations strictly speaking, we were involved in housework as well as in the preparation of meals. I feel very lucky because among the participants were several blue cords: we were even entitled during our stay to a risotto (thank you Stephanie and Nicole), a tartiflette (thank you Frédéric) and an excellent chocolate cake (thank you Karine)!

My expectations

I really enjoyed my eco-volunteering week for this first cetacean observation mission. In addition to these unique encounters with animals, the experience of navigation is very interesting in itself: to move and live on the boat, to observe the swell and to read the sea, to understand the maneuvers adds to the interest of the mission . The organization on board the boat was very well orchestrated

My advice

Some tips for getting less business: - Find out if you will need white-soled shoes to get around the boat. For the end of July 2019, we were simply barefoot throughout the mission. You may not need to bring specific shoes to stay on board - bringing your own pair of binoculars is not necessary because you will be provided with one for the observations, also provided with a compass to determine the course - No need to bring a sheet or cover in addition to your sleeping bag. The mattresses of the cabins are already protected by a cover

What I retain

This mission made me live an exceptional experience: contact with marine animals that I had never approached. Staying on a boat day and night for a week is a rewarding experience. The landscapes are splendid, like the sunlight at its zenith giving birth to countless reflections glittering on the waves, sunset and sunrise, the stars after dark, beautiful coastal landscapes, and of course solidarity and conviviality on board despite a certain promiscuity

My assets

This eco-volunteering mission with Cybelle Planète is meaningful for anyone trying to commit to a more environmentally friendly way of life. The beauty of this experience motivates me to commit to daily zero waste and limit my own consumption of water and energy. Behaviors that are naturally required when on board the boat

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Claire Eloy participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in September 2019
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My participation

Do quarters, observations, meals, housework, dishes ....
The alarm clock was often to 7h morning (but not required) which allows to appreciate the sunrise! The early departures allow to appreciate on longer time slots the outings for the cetaceans observation. And sometimes take advantage of short exit windows if the weather is bad during the day ...
The departure times are decided the day before or during the night by the captain, always according to the weather.

My expectations

The week was very rich, on the one hand because you have to share a small space with people that you do not always know and on the other hand because sailing provides an immense feeling of freedom. In addition, we are all driven by the same thing: finding cetaceans. The bad weather that we sometimes had allows to sail (for those who like it!) And to spend moments meeting each other, sheltered in the saloon, to exchange knowledge about sailing. , weather, animals, cooking, ect ...

My advice

Traveling light, the boat and big enough but it is quickly filled! To say that at sea, the weather is queen, and that nothing is assured. Nobody is master of the arrival or not of cetaceans in our field of vision. And take advantage !!!

What I retain

In-depth knowledge of the marine environment, beautiful encounters, with other eco-volunteers, the ecoguide and the skipper.

My assets

Great attention (renewed) on the management of our waste. An expanded look at the sea, and a better way to talk about it around me.

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Mary participated (e) mission Expeditions in the Pelagos Sanctuary: A Study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2019

My participation

What is expected of ecovolunteers is to perform the observation protocol every day (the protocol lasts 2h and is repeated several times a day). We observe the horizon at 3 at the front of the boat and we rotate with the other members by "quarters" and all day. The desire to see animals makes us quickly addicted to observations and finally we can not help but to scan the horizon even if it is not our quarter :) We participated of course in daily tasks such as cleaning and cooking.These moments are actually very friendly.The schedule of the week is organized by the eco -guide which is searchable from the beginning of the stay.Everyone knows what he has to do and it creates a good group dynamics.

My expectations

This stay was above my expectations. I imagined the very mechanical side of observations and everyday life on the boat. Finally, even if the protocols require rigor, they give way to feelings of fullness facing the horizon. I was taken by all the wonderful sensations that comes from meeting marine animals (whales, sperm whales, dolphins, rays, moonfish ...). There are also very strong links with each member of the group. Help, listen, share, laugh. A group cohesion that is warm to the heart! This stay will mark me for life that's for sure.

My advice

Do not hesitate to get started!

What I retain

This mission has given me wings for the continuation of my studies that lead me to the protection of marine ecosystems. The eco-guide and the skipper gave us a lot of knowledge. This trip also brought me a lot humanly.

My assets

It made me very aware of the amount of waste present in the oceans. At each beach where I go now I know that I always pick up all the garbage I see. Otherwise the knowledge I have acquired about the species serves me a lot for my studies.

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Pythéas participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2019

My participation

Observations of marine mammals and floating waste.
Quarters from 1h30 to 2h00, two to three times a day.

My expectations

Yes, I had a very nice week. Many good memories.

My advice

There is no need to change lines at the Peupliers stop in Hyères. Take the 67 line from the station and get off at the Port La Gavine stop. It is right next to the port St Pierre.

What I retain

Coming from very different horizons, we were complementary. I liked it. Even Neptune at first angry (storms), finally let us see some of his subjects. Nice!

My assets

More than the presence of macro waste, it is the quantity of tiny marbles visible suspended in the water when the sea is calm which strongly touched me and worried. If some people do not believe in a human cause for climate change, there is no doubt about the dispersion of waste into the environment. At home, the war on plastic packaging was already declared. Now I will try to ban the purchase of any plastic item as much as possible.

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Lydie took part in the Expeditions expedition to the Pelagos Sanctuary: Study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2019
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My participation

We were working in "quarter", so 3 people were observing for 2 hours, before another group took over.
We were watching 2-3 once a day. During the observation, we had to be attentive to all that we saw at sea to note it in the application "obsenmer". We had to identify the species, the behavior, the course ...
There were also kitchen and housekeeping shifts.
When we slept off there were shifts at night.

My expectations

My stay totally corresponded to my expectations, it has combined the useful: by the collection of scientific data that will be used by scientists to protect our planet; to the pleasant by the frame, the possibility to see marine animals while respecting them. What could be better ?

My advice

Do not forget your mask and snorkel !! This can be very useful when a devil ray makes you happy to come swim with you! ;-)

What I retain

This mission allowed me to observe with my own eyes the wonders of the marine world and to contribute to its protection which is absolutely essential.

My assets

I was already in a very ecological approach in my daily life, this mission only reinforced my convictions.

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yann participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2019

My participation

Admittedly, we get up early (before 7h, nevertheless the day is not intense: It is necessary to count 2 with 4h of observation of the animals and 1 h approximately of domestic tasks.

My expectations

Perfectly. Beyond the feeling of being useful by participating in the knowledge and in fine to the preservation of the Mediterranean marine fauna, the meetings with the animals and the bathes far from the coasts are a must!

What I retain

Fun at the moment of the mission, the satisfaction today of having a little bit contributed to the preservation of the Mediterranean marine fauna

My assets

A better ability to concentrate for hours without being preoccupied by his laptop (yes, far from the coast ... no network!).

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Léa took part in the Expéditions mission in the Pelagos Sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2019
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My participation

The primary mission is to identify cetaceans and other marine species in the Pelagos sanctuary in the Mediterranean Sea. We take turns in two-hour increments throughout the day, and each participates in between four and six hours of observation.
Then you have to help life on board the boat, with meals, dishes and a little cleaning.

My expectations

Yes, it more than pleased me, but above all exceeded my expectations. It has been an amazing week, where I felt really useful. The data that is collected via the "obsenmer" application are directly used by the scientific community. In addition, we spend a week in the company of ecovolunteers with the same desire to help, while being framed with motivation by our eco-guide, supported by a friendly skipper. All this is obviously in good humor;) It should be noted that in addition to being useful, we enjoy the sea and cetaceans for a week that in the end seems magical. We met dozens of animals that we would never think so see under his eyes, while sharing the daily lives of wonderful people now friends.

My advice

We can note the pace of life a little different on board, where with sometimes short nights at sea, it is good to take a nap between two observation sessions during the day. Small logistics detail, provide light long sleeves and a good headgear: the sun beats hard at sea.

What I retain

First we leave with incredible memories: the image of beautiful cetacean not far from the boat and moments of laughter in the head. Then we met great people, who also want to act for our planet. Finally, the mission ends with the feeling of having been useful.

My assets

On a boat, the control of fresh water and the management of food is crucial. We quickly realize our irrational consumption ... We pay more attention to the daily when returning.

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JSOUBI participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in June 2019
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My participation

The mission consisted in the observation and daily counting of our environment in the Mediterranean: mammals (dolphins, whales, sperm whales ..) fish, turtles, jellyfish, birds, waste ... by teams of 3 on quarter periods of 2 hours. Telemetry binoculars and a cellular iPad for live collection of observations. While one part of the team observes, the other has various occupations (preparation meal, dishes, rest, reading, navigation ...)

My expectations

A great experience, every day animals to see, to photograph ... Thanks to our great echoguide (Colin), we learned a lot about the marine life in the Mediterranean, and with our skipper on sailing sailing. A great atmosphere in the team during 1 week

My advice

Think to take anti-seasicky medoc just in case, effective sunglasses, hat, caps, snorkel masks, frontal, portable cigarette lighter charger. Polar and 1 rainwear

What I retain

See and get to know the marine mammals of the Mediterranean and other animals Learn navigation and maneuvers on sailing

My assets

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Cathie Rouger participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2019
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My participation

The main role of ecovolunteers in this mission is to observe, during 2h and 3 teams' observations, the part of the sea covered by an angle of 60 °.
We look for any movement, color that catches our attention, which can be a breath of whale or more rarely sperm whale, but still skate breaks, dolphins, tuna hunting or just waste.
All these observations are entered and listed in the OBSenMER application and then sent to scientific databases.

The waking time depends on the weather and the observation area chosen by the skipper and the eco-guide, but is close to the 7 / 8h in general.
When it is not our observation tour we can be a shift or meal preparation but also simply take a good nap in the cabin or in the saloon. For the more motivated there is always more space on the deck for a pair of eyes and more to scan the horizon.

My expectations

I more than enjoyed this stay, which was a first for me. I finally dared to take the leap to go alone with people I do not know, to do something that I did not know how to do. Having had no similar experiences before I did not have any particular expectations except the encounter with cetaceans. And we were more than spoiled on this point since we could follow 16 rorquals, a sperm whale, a ray, blue and white dolphins. The atmosphere on board was just incredible, a perfect generational mix allowed, I think, everyone to flourish and open up as the days go by. The strength of the emotions felt during this week facilitated the weaving of links between us!

My advice

Abandon all the concerns of the land at the harbor or even better at home, and let yourself be carried by what the sea can give you, enjoy the moments shared with the people around you for only a short week and fully experience this experience!

What I retain

This mission allowed me to confirm my professional orientation, which has even become a vocation, marine biology and more particularly the study of cetaceans. On a personal level, it allowed me to free myself and be completely myself, and let go of some fears about travel.

My assets

With this experience we really realize that the moments we live are really more important than anything we can have, and I hope to remember that everyday to make the most of each time opportunity to live strong moments presents itself!

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