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This project is carried out by the scientific NGO SECAC (Society for the study of cetaceans in the Canarian archipelago).

So you know a little more to tell you that this entity was born in order to promote and carry out research, conservation and dissemination projects of cetaceans in the Canary Islands.

For 27 years, SECAC has been faithful to this premise promoting the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable development and the rational use of the marine world and its resources.

The project was launched as in the The waters of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura have confirmed the presence of 30 species of cetaceans, some of which are of oceanic habits and therefore rare and little known globally, such as zifios (Ziphiidae Family).

The SECAC carries out a research project to long term on their populations for 15 years called: “Research and conservation of cetaceans of the Eastern Canary Islands” (CETOC)

The objective or this study is to deepen the scientific knowledge of these species and evaluate their conservation status.

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The Citizen Science program promotes participation, environmental education, the study of marine biodiversity and the conservation of cetaceans and their habitat, also maintains this long-term research program.

Through this system, groups of up to 6 people per campaign (duration 7 days from Monday to Sunday) can participate in our research project while we carry out the field work to data collection.You will learn to identify the different species of cetaceans observed and familiarize yourself first-hand with the field research techniques together with experts in the field.

You will know the most interesting aspects of the life of cetaceans in the area. to be developed at sea includes the study of the groups of cetaceans found (the structure, the ide photographic ntification), activity patterns, behavior through direct observation and recording of acoustic activity, as well as environmental and sea turtle data collection (tissue samples, weight, body measurements and reading and implantation of microchips)

The project is directed by Vidal Martín, founder, president and scientific director of SECAC with 37 years of experience in cetacean research in the Canary Islands.

Theoretical session:

• Introduction to cetaceans

• Cetaceans of the Canary Islands

• Science and conservation: an introduction to conservation biology and longitudinal studies of cetaceans

• The CETOC project

• Design of sampling and information collection at sea.

Theoretical-practical session:

• Organization and introduction of data

• Pass GPS effort data to an Excel spreadsheet, download and archive images. Photo-ID, preparation of a database, etc.

• Photo-ID (preparation of a Photo-ID catalog, methodology in the analysis of photo-ID, etc.)

• Laboratory, stomach content analysis, study of The skeletons.


The base of this study is on the island of Lanzarote.

The base port of this research is the port of Puerto Calero.


A donation required for 7 days of project (trips to the sea, theoretical sessions and internship), accommodation on the sailboat and full board meal is 950 euros.

Payment of the donation can be made in two installments, a first payment of € 500 for the reservation of the place, and a second payment of € 450 maximum one week before the start of the chosen campaign.

This economic contribution is a donation and not an economic consideration.

We do not do tourism but conservation science.

This contribution will be used entirely to contribute to defray the gast

The project does not include travel to and from the base port or other expenses.

SECAC recognizes each participant as a sponsor of the project and undertakes to keep him informed of the progress made by a bi-monthly newsletter.

Likewise, each participant will be given a certificate of participation and adoption of one of the cetaceans identified in our marine campaigns.

To obtain the complete program and reserve a place write to the email or call 670240292  partner of the SECAC project

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