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Chabot participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2020
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My participation

The objective of this mission is to list and identify cetaceans as well as their behavior, numbers, etc. (even if of course other marine animals such as rays or turtles for example were also the subject of surveys and observations). This mission is therefore a contribution to scientific databases, which once exploited make it possible to know a little better the marine species observed, while enjoying the great outdoors, great people and an experience at sea.
The days are organized in observation shifts with 3 people per shift (but nothing prevents others from observing too!). During my mission, we generally had 1 to 3 observation shifts per day of 1h30. The observation shifts immediately began quite far from the coast (generally around 8:30 am to 9 am) and ended around 17 pm, but depending on the conditions it is always possible to prolong the pleasure!

The "work" on board is also obviously made up of the various tasks of daily life. An organization in quarters also allows an optimal organization for all that is preparation of meals, dishes and cleaning.

My expectations

The stay met my best expectations. I came to spend a week of eco-volunteering to feel useful, see the landscape, nature (hoping to see lots of marine animals), take "the air" and share moments with other unknown people and I loved it! Everyone has their own experience as a crew, but I came across a crew of only people who came alone: ​​we therefore built a strong bond between all of us very quickly. Life on board in this rather small space that we did not leave the week was very pleasant, but also enriching (knowledge of cetaceans, sharks, the sea, ..). And of course, finally, I hoped to see lots of animals and I was served! (sperm whale, dolphins, risso dolphins, globis, turtles, sea devils ...)

My advice

I would say that, even if observing the marine animals is the objective of the mission and brings an enormous more wonder, one should not be afraid of not seeing anything (or little) to see of the week because the experience in itself constitutes most of the experience and unforgettable moments.

What I retain

First, she brought me the breath of fresh air, sharing and discovery that I wanted and needed at that time. It also brought me new knowledge and new encounters.

My assets

I think this experience was able to strengthen several aspects that can be transposed to my daily life. There is a large dimension of group life (organization, trust, sense of service and sharing) on ​​board for example. Obviously, this also gives a lived experience allowing me to personally support my awareness of ecosystem preservation. Personally, I also draw on the memories of this type of experience (fullness, difficulties overcome and satisfactions, meetings and sharing, positive energy deployed all day ...) when I need dynamism, a boost , or to help me make choices in what I do and want to do.

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Sylvie participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in September 2020
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My participation

I participated in observation missions during periods of 1h30 divided between us during the day as well as in daily tasks

My expectations

It was an extraordinary stay, out of time, particularly rich in emotions (especially the joy of living) and deeply human, true. In this difficult period there was like an air bubble, an extraordinary space of renewal both from the point of view of the beauty of the landscapes, the encounters with the animals and the point of view of shared moments.

My advice

Welcome with joy and simplicity all that presents itself in these magical moments!

What I retain

Above all, meetings with wonderful people and a wonder for nature and its living beings ... and the desire to continue in this direction!

My assets

Keep in touch with the girls on the boat of course and continue to feed the proven knowledge now on the marine environment and cetaceans!

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Vickie participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2020

My participation

observations and reading on digital tablet
2 to 3 times a day for every 2 hours

My expectations

The stay kept all its promises, to note the dedication of the scientific guide Marie and of the captain, always there to transmit their knowledge and to ensure safety. We have been able to observe whales, white blue dolphins, pilot whales and even small loggerhead turtles. The atmosphere on board was very nice, with participants invested and concerned about the well-being of all, an alchemy was thus created and the observations took place with the utmost seriousness, a lot of emotions to hear the singing dolphins at the bow of the boat. An intense week (observations for two hours under a strong sun are not easy) but the reward of hearing the breath of a 25m whale in the silence of the sea is so moving that the efforts are largely rewarded .

What I retain

curiosity

My assets

respect for others and for nature

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Lucile Brunet participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in September 2020
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My participation

We had to make observations from 1:30 to 2:2 approximately twice a day, according to an established schedule.

My expectations

This trip was amazing. Even though the weather was not right, we saw a sperm whale jumping show on the last day at sea, it was worth the wait! In addition, the team was great, we got on really well.

My advice

Don't forget to bring your fins and your mask / snorkel! And QUIET SEA in case of seasickness!

What I retain

Magical moments with cetaceans, very beautiful encounters with passionate and real people.

My assets

Raise awareness about marine wildlife, put into practice the advice following the very interesting discussions we had with the team (learn English to carry out eco-volunteering missions abroad, take swimming lessons , watch more documentaries on the sea, etc.).

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PMA participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2020
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My participation

Monitoring of cetaceans and study of biodiversity in the PELAGOS sanctuary in the western Mediterranean.
More precisely, the work of the ecovolunteer consisted in collecting information on the different species (cetaceans, birds, fish, turtles, jellyfish, etc.) and macro waste observed during navigation, in recording this information via the OBSenMER application, to be taken photos for photo-identification of cetaceans.
As for the schedules, up to six hours per day of observation for each ecovolunteer (per two-hour shift) when the weather conditions were favorable (weak wind, little swell).

My expectations

Yes it was an enriching experience, I enjoyed the exchanges with the other ecovolunteers, with Céline, the director of Cybelle Planète, and with the skipper Pierre. I also liked the navigation at sea aboard a sailboat, in sometimes quite hectic conditions, the anchorages in very beautiful coves of the French Riviera and the good moments of conviviality during the meals taken on board.

My advice

No particular advice, except perhaps having a minimum of the 'sea foot', because the sea conditions can be difficult (strong swell) both at anchor and in navigation and it will be a shame to spend part of the mission with sea ​​sickness.

What I retain

Thanks to Céline, I learned a lot of things about the biology of cetaceans and about biodiversity in the Mediterranean more generally. This mission also gave us the opportunity to progress in sailing thanks to Pierre the skipper.

My assets

None, apart from the need to make daily efforts to preserve our environment, both marine and terrestrial.

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Diane C participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2020
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My participation

The mission was to locate cetaceans, human activity and macro-waste around us throughout the day.
These locations involved measurements from binoculars, taking the data into account precisely on a tablet.
We take turns on an observation shift (every 2 hours), with 3 volunteers and the eco-guide.
Overall, the activity was physical, but exciting.

Life on the boat also required a little discipline: cleaning, cooking. In the same way, rotations are put in place.

My expectations

It was an incredible experience. The eco-guide and the skyper taught us so much! As well life on the boat, the life of cetaceans, biodiversity in the Mediterranean, the use of data for external organizations ...

My advice

- Provide external batteries (if possible solar), because the phone battery recharging capacity on the boat is limited - Binoculars are not necessary, because they are loaned for all the measurements - Do not forget the glasses of dives and snorkels to be able to discover the fish living in the water in the evening

What I retain

The mission was very rich in lessons from all points of view: - first of all from a biodiversity point of view, I learned a lot about the marine species present in the Mediterranean, their behaviors etc ... - Life on a sailboat is formidable. It was also a big first for me - The impact of man on water. This made me more aware of actions to protect the environment (use of vinegar, biodegradable soap ...)

My assets

Achievements: - awareness of environmental protection (sorting waste, use of bio-degradable products and comestics, etc.) - culture of marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean

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Mel L participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2020
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My participation

Observation of cetaceans via an organization in quarters. Each time a trinomial observed the sea while the others rested / did the cooking or cleaning. The shifts took place approximately from 8 a.m. to 18 p.m. with a good lunch break. The day goes by quickly and even when we were not on watch, we were observing the sea. It is not uncommon for volunteers to rest who saw cetaceans first :)

My expectations

The stay corresponded perfectly to my expectations. I was able to participate in the conservation of cetaceans thanks to the ObservenMer app which is very well made and easy to use. We had the chance to go out to sea every day, to spend a night at sea and to make many observations, dolphins, whales including a juvenile and pilot whales by 2 times!

My advice

If you like nature, cetaceans, the sea, go for it! this mission is made for you :) you have to be ready to spend hours observing the blue of the sea but it is for a good cause and when you see a breath or a fin appear it is a pure moment of happiness! I am available if you have any questions :)

What I retain

the mission gave me a better knowledge of the marine world and a lot of serenity. she made me feel useful

My assets

better vigilance for wildlife and better observation skills

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Audrey participated in the expeditions mission in 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 in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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 bringing less business: - Find out if you will need white soled shoes to get around the boat. For the stay at the end of July 2019, we were simply barefoot throughout the mission. You may therefore not need to bring specific shoes to stay on board - Bring your own pair of binoculars is not necessary as you will be provided with one for observations, otherwise provided with a compass to determine the heading - No need to bring a sheet or cover in addition to your sleeping bag. The cabin mattresses 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 in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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 offshore trips for cetacean 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 is quite large but it gets full quickly! Tell yourself that at sea, the weather is king, and that nothing is guaranteed. No one is in control of whether or not cetaceans come into 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 (renewed) attention to the management of our waste. A wider view of the sea, and a better way to talk about it around me.

The Cetaceans mission Pelagos, France

These sailing expeditions aim to study the marine biodiversity of the open sea in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Pelagos sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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