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Testimony of Léa for the mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetacea and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days done in August 2019

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 obviously happens in a good mood;)
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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