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Research subject/title:
Greek Sperm Whale Project

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Project description:
The main objectives of this project are: 1) to reach an estimate of the population size for the sperm whales that inhabit the Greek Seas 2) to study their distribution in the Greek Seas and locate their critical habitats 3) to evaluate the degree of residency and/or migration patterns of sperm whales in the Greek Seas, and at a later point in the Eastern Mediterranean as a whole 4) to evaluate the degree of genetic isolation of the Mediterranean sperm whales from the Atlantic ones (in collaboration with many other Mediterranean and British scientific teams) 5) to conduct basic research on the life history, bio-acoustics, eco-physiology, behaviour (including communication) and social structure of Mediterranean sperm whales 6) to provide the necessary scientific background that is required for the conservation of the Mediterranean sperm whales critical habitats.


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Study area:

all Greek Seas

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      Year beginning: 1998Year end: 2000

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      Principal investigator:

      Alexandros Frantzis

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      Project team:

      Paraskevi Alexiadou
      Asimakis Pagidas
      Olga Nikolaou
      Giorgos Paximadis

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