EVS Projekt MENPA: Blog (2) – Avanture 20000 milja: Telašćica

by: Carolina DelaHoz Schilling Next research adventure (check Part 1: Mljet) took place on yet another island - Dugi otok… But of course, if there is anything you will never get enough of, it’s Croatian islands! This time we returned to the Nature Park of Telašćica, where our organization has been conducting research on the local Pinna nobilis population, also known as the nobel pen shell, since 2014. Noble pen shell on one of many research sites in Nature Park Telašćica The team, composed of a total of 8 people, arrived at site past sunset. Therefore, the first challenge was putting up tents in the dark whilst frantically scratching all exposed body parts being attacked by relentless mosquito swarms. During the first three days we focused on cleaning activities inside a small bay that had been strongly affected by abnormally heavy rains in the previous fall. A flood had washed...

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EVS Projekt MENPA: Blog (1) – Avanture 20000 milja: CROpwall

by: Carolina DelaHoz Schilling The summer season for 20000 Leagues started off with some underwater science and marine education for international students coming to Croatia through Operation Wallacea, one of our partner organizations. Base camp was established in the national park on the island of Mljet, at an old military base, where there would be enough space to accommodate around 30 students weekly and 20 staff members, from cooks, diving instructors and scientists to managers. After spending the first week lifting, carrying and moving about a million things (close estimation) as well as trying to build a diving shed from scratch and feeling like construction workers, the team had definitely bonded over sore muscles and tired feet. Dive shed in making, Kulijer base The first group of students arrived just in time to see everything in perfect shape and with our science team eager to start collecting data and imparting...

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