Yes, I’ve adopted a dolphin! Its name is Boa, she has offsprings and has problems with breathing. Nevertheless, I tell everyone I’ve adopted it. Sure, it was part of the visit to the Blue World Institute, Lošinj’s educational centre about the sea, where we heard many thoughts and activities regarding the protection of sea world and biodiversity.
Research focuses on large marine vertebrates (mostly Cetaceans, sea turtles and cartilaginous fish) with an aim to contribute to their and marine environment protection and conservation. Results of research are translated into activities aimed at raising public awareness and education. Our offices and field activities are based on Adriatic islands, showing our support to the sustainable development of local, insular communities through cooperation and an interdisciplinary approach to conservation.
In 2003 Blue World opened the first marine education centre on the eastern Adriatic coast. In the centre, there are permanent and temporary exhibitions and interactive multimedia presentations. In addition, the centre hosts workshops and lectures for the education of visitors and different interest and age groups. The programme is being continuously updated and changed and has been approved by Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency.
The most significant project of the conservation programme has been the involvement of Blue World Institute in the development of the Cres-Lošinj MPA, the first such area for dolphins in the entire Mediterranean. Blue World Institute supports permanent protection of this area through support of the process of transparent public participation and establishment for the local protected area management institution.
Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation