8 Jul 2017

International Vaquita day


Today on 8th of July, we are marking international Vaquita day. The main focus of the day and accompanying events all over the world is on raising awareness and appreciation of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). Vaquita is a small porpoise that can be found only in the northern Gulf of California, in Baja California, Mexico. The species is nearly extinct, with less than 30 individuals left, and declining at about 50% per year. The population is declining fast due to gill net fishing and illegal fishing for the totoaba fish blather, which is used in Asia in traditional medicine.

Morigenos is supporting the efforts and campaign to save the Vaquita. Find out more about the smallest porpoise in the world and how you can help here.

Mednarodni dan za Vaquito


Danes, 8. Julija, obeležujemo mednarodni dan za Vaquito. Glavni namen dneva in dogodkov, ki bodo potekali po vsem svetu je ozaveščanje in skrb za najbolj ogroženo vrsto morskega sesalca na svetu, Vaquito (Phocena sinus). Vaquita je majhna pliskavka, ki jo lahko najdemo zgolj v severnem delu Kalifornijskega zaliva (Baja California), v Mehiki. Vrsta je na robu izumrtja, saj šteje manj kot 30 živali in hitro upada, za približno 50 % na leto. Razlog hitrega upada je ribolov s stoječimi mrežami in nelegalni lov ribe totoaba (za njen mehur), ki se v Aziji uporablja v tradicionalni medicini.

Društvo Morgienos podpira kampanjo in trud za rešitev Vaquite. Več o najmanjši vrsti pliskavke na svetu in kako ji lahko pomagate najdete tukaj.

19 Jun 2017

Morigenos and giants of the deep sea in Arboretum Park


In mid-May, the Slovenian horticultural park Arboretum Volčji Potok built a unique exhibition "Giants of the deep sea", where you can see more than 10 life-size whale statues – the longest of them measuring almost 25 meters. Morigenos also took park in the preparation of this exhibition. We provided information and interesting facts about each exhibited species that you can find on the information boards besides the sculptures.

In addition, Morigenos will be part of the accompanying program in the park until the autumn interacting with visitors at our creative workshops for children about the sea and dolphins as well as lectures on dolphins along the Slovenian Coast. Children can join us at our creative workshop this weekend, June 24 and 25, from 15 pm to 19 pm in the Indonesian pavilion, right next to the exhibition of marine giants.

Details about our events, which will be free of charge for all park visitors, are available at the Arboretum Park Event Calendar.

Welcome! 

The exhibition features life-size sculptures of a fin whale, humpback whale, sperm whale, bottlenose dolphin, striped dolphin, common dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, pilot whale, orca and false orca, and even a whale's heart, brain and caudal fins. The exhibition was made entirely in the Arboretum, led by sculptor Edina-Eda Šćuka.

Morigenos in velikani morskih globin v Arboretumu


Sredi maja so v Arboretumu Volčji potok postavili edinstveno razstavo »Velikani morskih globin«, na kateri si lahko ogledate več kot 10 kitov v naravnih velikostih – najdaljši med njimi merijo skoraj 25 m. Pri pripravi razstave je sodelovalo tudi društvo Morigenos. Poskrbeli smo za strokovno pravilne in zanimive vsebine o posameznih vrstah, ki si jih lahko preberete na informativnih tablah ob kipih. 

Poleg tega pa se bomo v sklopu spremljevalnega programa vse do jeseni v parku družili z obiskovalci na naših ustvarjalnih delavnicah za otroke na temo morja in delfinov ter predavanjih o delfinih v slovenskem morju. Otroci se nam na ustvarjalni delavnici lahko pridružijo že ta konec tedna, 24. in 25. junija, od 15. do 19. ure, v Indonezijskem paviljonu, tik ob razstavi morskih velikanov.

Podrobnosti o naših dogodkih, ki bodo za vse obiskovalce parka brezplačni, so na voljo v Prireditveniku parka Arboretum, seveda pa vas bomo redno obveščali tudi na naši FB in spletni strani ter preko e-novic. Z vami bomo tudi v juliju, avgustu in septembru. 

Vljudno vabljeni!

Na razstavi boste lahko v naravni velikosti videli upodobitve brazdastega kita in kita grbavca, kita glavača, velike pliskavke, navadnega progastega delfina, navadnega delfina, okrogloglavega ali Rissovega delfina, mrke pliskavke, orke in male orke, ter tudi kitovega srca, možganov in repne plavuti. Razstava je bila v celoti izdelana v Arboretumu pod vodstvom kiparja Edina-Eda Šćuka.

9 Jun 2017

New generations of marine researchers


In Morigenos, we especially like working with primary and secondary schools, as we wish to pass our knowledge and experience from the world of dolphins on to the new generations, introduce them to the work of marine researchers and encourage them to protect the marine environment.

In the spring and summer months, we are visited by many school groups from all over Slovenia and abroad. Students are always very enthusiastic to learn about our work through our given lectures on dolphins along the Slovenian coast and are keen to try and search for dolphins themselves from our land observation point and from the boat trip where they are taken to be able to experience how it feels like to be a dolphin explorer. 

One such group were the students from Elementary School Bled, who spent an interesting afternoon with us yesterday. It was a pleasure to have them with us!

To learn more about our educational programs please click here or contact us at morigenos(at)morigenos.org.

Nove generacije morskih raziskovalcev


V društvu Morigenos še posebej radi delamo z osnovnošolci in srednješolci, saj želimo naše znanje in izkušnje iz sveta delfinov prenesti na nove generacije, jim približati delo morskih raziskovalcev ter jih spodbuditi k varovanju morskega okolja. 

Prav v pomladnih in poletnih mesecih nas obišče veliko šolskih skupin z vseh koncev Slovenije in iz tujine, ki vedno z navdušenjem spremljajo naše predavanje o delfinih v slovenskim morju, se zavzeto preizkusijo v iskanju delfinov s kopnega z daljnogledi, nato pa še na izletu z ladjico budno spremljajo morje v želji, da bi delfine morda tudi videli. 

Ena takih skupnih so bili tudi učenke in učenci Osnovne šole Bled, ki so včeraj z nami preživeli zanimivo popoldne. Prijetno je bilo v vaši družbi! 

Več o naših izobraževalnih programih najdete tukaj, lahko pa nam tudi pišete na morigenos(at)morigenos.org.

Working together towards marine biodiversity conservation


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has designated the 5th of June as the World Environment Day, to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. At Morigenos, we celebrated the occasion one day after the actual World Environment Day, but we did it in good company. Organized by the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation and accompanied by Landscape Park Strunjan, we headed out to sea to commemorate this day and highlight the importance of marine biodiversity conservation. At sea, we met with representatives of other institutions that deal with marine research and conservation one way or another: Slovenian Maritime Administration, marine fisheries inspector, maritime police, and the Marine Biology Station Piran accompanied by students of the programme Biodiversity from the University of Primorska on their fieldwork. We were also accompanied by several crews of Slovenian national media, which will disseminate this information through television and newspapers. Despite tricky weather conditions we were lucky to encounter dolphins on this day. We saw Morigenos, Daphne and Capri, all well known to us and studied for several years. Daphne and Morigenos are two of the ten dolphins that can be adopted under our Adopt a dolphin programme. By adopting one of our dolphins you can support the research and conservation of these important marine mammals in Slovenia and the northern Adriatic Sea. Dolphin adoption is a great way to help protect our marine environment and thus contribute to the overall objectives of the UNEP World Environment Day.

Photos: Morigenos and Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation

S skupnimi močmi za varstvo morske biotske raznovrstnosti


Program Združenih narodov za okolje (UNEP) 5. junij obeležuje kot Svetovni dan okolja. Gre za kampanjo v svetovnem merilu, katere cilj je spodbujanje aktivnega varstva okolja. V društvu Morigenos smo Svetovni dan okolja obeležili sicer dan kasneje, a v dobri družbi. V organizaciji Zavoda RS za varstvo narave ter v spremstvu Javnega zavoda Krajinski park Strunjan smo se odpravili na morje s skupnim ciljem, da obeležimo ta dan in opozorimo na pomen ohranjanja morske biotske raznovrstnosti. Na morju smo se srečali tudi s predstavniki drugih institucij, ki so tako ali drugače povezane z raziskovanjem in ohranjanjem našega morskega okolja: Uprava RS za pomorstvo – sektor za varstvo obalnega morja, ribiški inšpektor, pomorska policija ter Morska biološka postaja Piran, ki je skupaj s študenti programa Biodiverziteta na Univerzi na Primorskem izvajala terenske vaje. Z nami so bili tudi predstavniki medijev, zato lahko v kratkem prispevek z našega skupnega terena pričakujete tudi v Primorskih novicah in na RTV Slovenija. Kljub muhastemu vremenu smo imeli srečo, saj smo na morju opazili tudi delfine. Tokrat so bili z nami Morigenos, Daphne in Capri. Vse tri delfine v društvu poznamo in spremljamo že vrsto let. Ob tem naj dodamo, da sta Daphne in Morigenos ena izmed desetih delfinov, ki ju lahko posvojite v okviru našega podpornega programa Posvojitev delfina ter tako podprete varstvo in raziskovanje teh pomembnih morskih sesalcev v Sloveniji in severnem Jadranu. Posvojitev delfina je lepa gesta, s katero lahko aktivno pomagate varovati naše morsko okolje in s tem pripomorete tudi k skupnim ciljem Svetovnega dneva okolja.

Fotografije: Morigenos in Zavoda RS za varstvo narave

5 Jun 2017

Even the youngest helping in dolphin conservation


Pupils of the Waldorf School Gorenjska collected donations from their little pockets and adopted our dolphin named Morigenos. They also delighted us with a bunch of pretty drawings and wished us many beautiful research days. Thank you, children, and their teacher!

You can also adopt a dolphin from Slovenia and thus support the conservation and research of these wonderful creatures in the northern Adriatic.

Tudi najmlajši pomagajo ohranjati delfine


Učenci 3. razreda Waldorfske šole Gorenjska so iz svojih žepkov zbrali za donacijo in posvojili »našega« delfina z imenom Morigenos. Nato pa so nas razveselili še s simpatičnimi risbicami in nam zaželeli še veliko lepih raziskovalnih dni. Hvala vam, otroci, in vaši učiteljici! 

Tudi vi lahko posvojite delfina iz slovenskega morja ter tako podprete varstvo in raziskovanje teh čudovitih bitij v Sloveniji in severnem Jadranu.

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