SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 17, October 2016 - Page 114

The project was launched this year and we tried as much as possible to develop an educational program with local schools. We collaborated with schools in San Juan del Sur and Padre Ramos by giving weekly workshops for kids. They were very enthusiast to learn about their marine biodiversity. Some of them didn’t know the difference between fish and dolphins, learned that dolphins don’t lay eggs and that only male humpbacks sing! We try to make them responsible in garbage sorting and teach them the impact of pollution on marine wildlife. Our scientific team made a huge effort in translating and sharing their scientific knowledge and field experience into a “comprehensive language”. And we are working toward the strengthening of local connections in order to exchange our findings and keep track of cetacean sightings year-round. Step by step we are unravelling the basic questions on whale and dolphin populations in Nicaragua in order to better understand them and offer adapted management plans for their conservation.

You can help us by doing small things! How? Visit, share, like and follow us on our facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/ELIScientific, on Twitter : https://twitter.com/ELI_Scientific and/or make a donation on our crowdfunding campaign that you can find on our website (www.eli-s.com) or on Indiegogo. We would love to be able to make workshops and survey year-round but funding is an obvious limitation.

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