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Posted By: Autumn
#Greece,#Marine Conservation,#Wildlife,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
Within minutes the volunteers were buzzing about. A nearby restaurant reported that a nest was hatching in the middle of their dining tables! We grabbed some supplies and headed down the beach. Up ahead we saw a lot of commotion. We joined the crowd just in time to see tiny turtles scrambling in every direction and bystanders grabbing them up and ushering them to the Sea. We got to work right away...
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Posted By: Bridget
#Croatia,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
Every other day, the entire team went out with the boat to observe and collect data of the dolphins near the coast. While documenting them, they put on a very entertaining show for us! The morning the day after, we all analyzed the data collected. Everyone worked together and helped each other out. During the project, I started to understand how serious this situation is for the dolphins. We could understand the dolphins on another level than before.
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Posted By: Emily
#Croatia,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
The weather was warm and sunny and we saw dolphins on our very first outing on the boat! It was so much fun seeing them in their natural habitat. The next day, we observed the data we collected by examining the pictures of the dolphins and matching them to the existing dolphins in the catalog.
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Posted By: Sofia B.
#Greece,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Wildlife,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Teens and High School Students
Everything is really well organized and straightforward. There are three shifts. Two at night and one in the morning and obviously, you will never get more than one shift per day. The night shifts involve walking along the beach looking for turtles and waiting for them to nest. If they nest you get to watch them lay eggs and help measure and tag them. It’s honestly an amazing experience because it’s something so different and unique. The morning patrols consist of writing down all the turtle tracks and finding nests to help secure them.
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Posted By: Flora W.
#Greece,#Conservation,#Wildlife,#MarineConservation,#Teens and High School Students,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Europe
Waking up in the middle of the night or not going to bed until 2 am was totally worth it to see a mother turtle lay her legs or find and protect their nests. We observed from just inches away as these giant turtles laid up to 100 or more eggs, and then take the time to carefully cover and camouflage her eggs to protect them from predators.
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Posted By: Will
#Greece,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Wildlife,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Teens and High School Students
It was such a rewarding project to be involved in, as at the end of each day, I could see the nests that I had protected, and know that I had done my part towards saving the turtles, and saving the planet. One of the staff members who was supervising us said, “the best feeling on earth is saving a life that can never repay you”. Helping to save those turtles made me see the truth behind these words.
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Posted By: Susanna
#Italy,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
When we did see the dolphins and whales it was exciting and definitely something I will take away with me. Now that I am back home I really miss the people, gelato, homemade Italian food, and boat living. I would recommend this project to anyone looking to get involved in something unique and fun!
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Posted By: Lauren
#Italy,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
All volunteers took turns on one-hour watch shifts carefully scanning the horizon for sights of wildlife. When we were not on lookout duty we monitored the hydrophone and GPS scans of the area. Once we sighted a dolphin or whale we videotaped and photographed the animals for photo-identification purposes.
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Posted By: Nikki
#Italy,#Conservation,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
Nothing compares to sighting over eighty dolphins and spending two to three hours photographing their beauty, observing their habits, recording their acoustical data and filming them underwater. Whenever there was a sighting, everyone on board had a special task to do, whether it was sailing the boat, filming, photographing, recording sounds or just simply observing.
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Posted By: Ruslana
#Italy,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
Some nights we would go to restaurants and pizzerias in Casamicciola, Ischia Porto and on Mt. Epomeo. It was a great way to see the island. There was always such an energetic and happy atmosphere on board and everyone was just so fascinating and lovely to talk to; you really make amazing connections. Don’t even worry about learning Italian, ba bene (a phrase you’ll most definitely learn that means “it’s alright”), you can easily learn a bit on board!
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Posted By: Eudes
#Italy,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
When I arrived on the Casamiccciola’s harbor I was anxious. I had many questions on my mind: am I ready to leave my comfort zone and to adapt myself to a life on a boat? Will I be useful on the searches and in the sailing? Will the other crew members be welcoming and sympathetic? I was optimistic on this point and I was entirely right.
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Posted By: Bethany S.
#Italy,#Marine Conservation,#Wildlife,#Conservation,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Europe
I plan to go back annually if possible. And I will definitely use GoEco to help me find opportunities on future travels wherever I go.
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Posted By: Claudia
#Croatia,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
When we first saw the dolphins on the sea everyone was excited about it. It was such an amazing moment when the first dolphin jumped out of the water. We also saw a dolphin with her calf. That was a really amazing and emotional moment.
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Posted By: Melanie
#Croatia,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
It is absolutely a joy, that you can, through the love to the dolphins meet even so dear people!
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Posted By: Jane M.
#Italy,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Europe
We were lucky and had a multitude of striped dolphin pod sightings, bottlenose sightings, and we had four sperm whale sightings. We even documented a new sperm whale, who swam very close to the boat and we were able to get amazing footage of him! When there are sightings you videotape on the stern with the gopro camera, take pictures using high resolution cameras, and would have the acoustic equipment on to record/locate the communication of the dolphins or whales. 
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Posted By: Lilly P.
#Wildlife and Animal Conservation,#Europe,#Greece
My Greece experience was one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I learned so much not only about the Loggerhead Turtle and conservation, climate change, pollution and marine biology, but also gained skills such as teamwork/collaboration. I also learned about different cultures, people and ecological footprint. 
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