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In spring 2017, Cybelle Planet launches a new shipment of 6 months "The Grand Tour Mediterranean". Also find mission "Cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary" which always as successful with our ecovolunteers!

In the program :
• Our engagement
• Presentation of the expedition "Grand Tour Mediterranean"
• Presentation of the mission "Cetaceans in the sanctuary Pelagos"
• Focus on the essential tools of the perfect observer,
• Reminder: Cybelle Méditerranée, what is it?
• Interview with an eco-guide,
• Testimonials from ecovolunteers.

Cetacean Expeditions 2017

Our engagement :

Shipments carried by Mediterranean Cybelle Planète guarantee a real commitment on the part of the association and its eco-volunteers. Indeed, for the sake of preservation of wild animals observed, the project wants to follow certain rules of observation of cetaceans in order to minimize the risk of impact on their business. The association also aims to reduce its carbon footprint by choosing to sail aboard a sailboat that consumes very little energy, using biodegradable products daily, limiting the consumption of fresh water etc ...

More than a trend, it's a state of mind!

An expedition at sea with Cybelle Planet is concrete action to promote the protection of marine life! Thanks to the participation of the largest number we can track large-scale and long-term changes in populations of many species: dolphins, whales, sea turtles ...
As an eco-volunteer structure Cybelle Planet is committed to respecting the Code of Ethics of the eco-volunteer.

The Grand Tour Mediterranean

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Rooms New ships "The Grand Tour Mediterranean"

For who ? From 16 years, employer or employee, student, alone or with ... the eco-volunteering is accessible to all and to all! No special skills are required to leave.
The crew: Compound of 6 to 7 ecovolunteers, a conductor edge and a ecoguide formed.
dates: 2017 April to October.
Duration: 10 or 15 days.
Or ? From Hyères, the boat will sail off the coast of Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta and Greece.

In order to discover new never before explored areas and thus deepen the collection of scientific data, the association Cybelle PLanète decided to expand the navigation program by launching a new grand expedition 6 months: The Grand Tour Mediterranean.
This crossing offers the chance to ecovolunteers to join the crew of the boat theAvocet of Ryme, during stopovers, for 10 or 15 daysAnd to participate naturalistic observations.

Using the application OBSenMER* The ecovolunteers collect sea of ​​information that is added to a scientific database and shared freely with the scientific community. The application having 3 levels protocols, supervised by a ecovolunteers ecoguide formed will have the opportunity to use the advanced level, namely the level protocol EXPERT (3 level)!

* The application is OBSenMER moderate and managed by Cybelle Mediterranean program.

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#Zoom on dream landscapes:

The yacht will anchor in various ports through the Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta and the Greece. The crew will have the chance to discover the wonders of the Mediterranean coast, all more beautiful than each other ...

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#Zoom on marine biodiversity:

the wonders Grand Tour Mediterranean will explore the two basins of the Mediterranean, West and East, and a whole born range of different habitats. The navigation program will pass through areas known for their wealth of marine life.

Stay tuned!
You can find all news and future preparations for the new expedition on social networks.

More information about this expedition


Mission "Cetaceans in the sanctuary Pelagos"

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#Mission Cetaceans 2017:

For who ? From 16 years, employer or employee, student, alone or with ... the eco-volunteering is accessible to all and to all! No special skills are required to leave.
The crew: Compound of 6 to 7 ecovolunteers, a conductor edge and a ecoguide formed.
dates: Mid-July to late August 2017.
Duration: 7 days.
Or ? From Hyères, the boat will sail off the Var and the French Riviera, in the Pelagos Sanctuary.

Cybelle Planète organizes expeditions study of cetaceans and biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea from now 12 years; more than 850 ecovolunteers took part! The mission "Cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary" offers eco-volunteers to go for 7 days on a 14-meter sailboat to navigate off the Var and the Côte d'Azur in search of marine mammals. The crew identifies and notes the observations of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other animals living offshore.
As for the Grand Tour Méditerranée, observations and data collection are done via the tool developed by Cybelle Méditerranée: OBSenMER* !

* The application is OBSenMER moderate and managed by Cybelle Mediterranean program.

More information on this mission


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The Pre-registration for these two missions began (limited spaces), find online forms:
<br>•    Shipping "The Grand Tour Mediterranean"
<br>•    Mission "Cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary"

The essential tools of the perfect observer on board the yacht.

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The species found:

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Through participatory science program "Cybelle Méditerranée", led by Cybelle Planète, many tools are available for the crew to assist in data collection.
The board of species identification is a big help to recognize and identify cetaceans.

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Cybelle Mediterranean, what is it?

Cybelle Méditerranée is a program of Participatory Sciences supported by the association Cybelle PlanèteSince 2009. This program is for all those who sail in the Mediterranean Sea, casual boaters or maritime professionals who wish to share their observations at sea and contribute to the study and protection of offshore wildlife.
All information collected is then made available to the scientific community and contributes to research.

Cybelle Mediterranean in brief:
• 7 years of existence,
• 1 mobile application, OBSenMER,
• 1 Expert-level database, freely shared,
• More than 1000 registered contributors,
• Around a hundred ecovolunteers who participate each year in our sailing expeditions,
• Almost 2000 observations reported since 2009,
• Numerous Partners,
• Contribution to 12 scientific publications,
<br>•    1 website.

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Interview with Stéphanie, 33, Ecoguide for Cybelle Planète.

Cybelle Planet warmly thank Stephanie for her testimony!

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• What is your background and how did you become a volunteer eco-guide for Cybelle Planète?
My university course is pretty eclectic, but it is clear in general, it is a passion for the sea, nature and ecology. I obtained a degree in environmental geography, a coastal management in master and biodiversity management. Having volunteered for several organizations, I came across an offer Cybelle Planet, I tried my luck. The Director Céline Arnal, I think, enjoyed my scientific work and my artistic work (I am a photographer today!). The experience was fun and learned a lot, so I repeated the experiment :-).
• Describe your daily life aboard the sailboat?
Survey morning the hopeful eyes and slept late the dream-filled eyes! :-) More pragmatically: you get up early, to maximize the chances of observation, we brief the team, we set the trajectory and transects with the skipper and yet the sea is observed and yet to watch for whales, birds and other marine animals. It collects data on the weather, sea conditions, the number and behavior of animals when it crosses, and we laugh a bit too! The responsibility comes down to the team manager, make life on board goes well, that risks are minimized, the study is successful, the atmosphere is good, to reframe the volunteers when it necessary to motivate the troops after a tough day, to lead by example, and to understand the importance and impact of each investment.
• What are for you the main qualities to be a good eco-guide?
I think the best qualities a ecoguide must have are the same as for a good ecovolunteer: patience, organization, motivation, passion.
• You give a lot of your time, so what motivates you to be a volunteer eco-guide for Cybelle Planète?
Being an eco-guide allows me to go out to sea more than reason, to live my passion, if not being able to live from it. I am thus fortunate to participate in the protection of cetaceans and the marine environment with a passionate and fascinating team. And then, spend a few weeks on an adventure, on a sailboat, see the sunrises and sunsets over the sea, sleep in dreamy moorings, hear the blowing of dolphins and whales during night shifts, listen to the sperm whales in the sea. hydrophone, and counting the probe time of a fin whale, it gets worse, right?
• As an ecoguide, do you think you have the role of ambassador for biodiversity?
I believe do my job simply by contributing to the protection of biodiversity and changing mentalities volunteers ... I also hope to help change some scientific mentality!
• What is your fondest memory aboard the Avocet of Ryme?
The striped dolphins that circled the boat, one night, for a quarter ... We could hear the blow very close and we could not see them back as they passed in the moonlight ... Or this Fin whale released a few meters from the boat when we despaired of finding the whale ... And as expected, also .... Every encounter with a marine mammal is a memory I will keep anchored in my memory as a unique moment, finally very few people have the chance to have!



The eco-volunteers share their experience

Cybelle Planet warmly thanks the eco-volunteers for their testimony!

Discover on our channel YouTubeThe 2 videos made by our partner Jean-Pierre Lamic of "SVV ECOTOURISME" Cetaceans in the mission in September 2016. A big thanks to him !

NL 46 testimonies ecovolunteerAlain Cetaceans Mission, August 2016

"During this mission, I attended the counting of marine species and birds with availability on 24H. It should also participate in community life on the boat: maintenance tasks, meal preparation ... All were very ecovolunteers volunteers in sharing. And then the reward, apart from the pleasure of sailing navigation: dolphins, whales, sperm whales and turtles ... On board there is a friendly atmosphere, we're all in the same "galley" !, and forcing it creates links and everyone "rowing" in the same direction! What I remember ? A good sunburn! More seriously, the pleasure of opening to another, discover the world of sailing and the sea in general. I realized that our planet is fragile and in danger and that everyone on our scale must reduce our impact on the environment. "

NL 46 testimony ecovolunteerPascale, Cetaceans Mission, August 2015
“After the first 2 hours, the time to memorize the first names, the origins, to determine who takes which berth and our sailor number, everything worked as on a boat. Although I am a diver, and I saw a number of dolphins underwater, on this mission I had to develop my sense of observation. Looking for a breath, a fin requires concentration and that for 2 hours. But what joy on the boat as soon as a cetacean is seen. Everyone on the bridge !!! Reduced space and good humor, as part of our weekly mission, we had a few subordinate but essential tasks to do in groups of 3: cleaning and maintenance of the boat, preparing meals and finishing the dishes. From 8:30 am, always in groups of 3, we took our shift: One had the binoculars, the other the sheet of records and the 3rd the identification sheet of cetaceans. Set off to fight as soon as a cetacean pointed the tip of its fin. Beautiful week, beautiful weather, beautiful encounters with humans and cetaceans, even if we would have liked to see more ... Yet we were spoiled: multitude of dolphins, pilot whales, whales and even sperm whales! ".


About Cybelle Planet:

Cybelle Planet is a participatory ecology association. Its purpose is to encourage citizen participation in research programs or biodiversity conservation (animal, plant, cultural, human ...). The lines of action of the combination being:
• Eco-volunteering with Cybelle eco-volunteer,
• Participatory sciences with Cybelle Mediterranean
• Sensitization and education of citizens to the environment and its protection,
• Advice and expertise in the field of participatory ecology.

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