Centro de Estudios para la Conservación de Ecosistemas Marinos

March 13, 2017

Over thousands of years, food, friends and foes have shaped all aspects of the dolphins’ lives, and many depend on specific habitats. Chilean dolphins prefer shallow, productive, usually sheltered waters very close to shore with input from rivers. This puts them often...

February 28, 2017

Today we happened to visit the “nursery”. There were seven young ones – four newborns and three first-year babies. The smallest one was still rather clumsy and popped to the surface like a little cork. The bigger ones were darting about like little torpedoes amongst ot...

February 25, 2017

The sea is like a mirror reflecting the soft grey sky. The horizon has dissolved. Everything around us is sea…. Only the gently sloping coastline with its lush vegetation provides a reference for our searching eyes. Several small grey dorsal fins break the mirror surfa...

February 20, 2017

Freely translated as: “Those who hurry in Patagonia, lose time.”

Field work in Patagonia is never easy and always full of surprises…..I teach my students a lot about the importance of asking good scientific questions, but also about having patience and perseverance. Wel...

February 10, 2017

We’re back in the land of Trauco, Truchas, and of course Toninas! – that is in the mythical northern Patagonian waters (Trauco is a famous fabled figure on Chiloé) where salmon farming and flyfishing (for trout = Truchas) abound along with our study subjects, the Tonin...

March 2, 2016

The year 2015 ended on a high for the Small Cetacean Project. Five of our international bunch of students finished their dissertation projects providing fascinating insights into the ecology of Chilean dolphins. Annie (from Australia) and Julia (from the UK), both Mast...

February 13, 2016

Action! Still drowsy after a 32 hour trip from Scotland to Chiloé I crawl out of my sleeping bag. Glorious dawnlight and only a light breeze greet me – perfect weather for surveying the more exposed parts of Isla Cailín in our Quellón study area here in the Chiloé arch...

September 2, 2015

A lot of our survey work is concerned with finding and observing our study species, and looking at where the they are, what habitats they prefer and what the threats are to those areas important to the existence of dolphins and porpoises.


By now we have a pretty good g...

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