(Full english version of the website is coming soon)
What is Marine Mammal Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center "Serene Sea"?
We are an autonomous nonprofit organization based in Russia, uniting marine mammal biologists, vets, ecologists and photographers. The aim of "Serene Sea" is to minimize and to eliminate the damage caused by humans to the marine environment of the Black Sea. The range of our activities includes a 24/7 marine mammal stranding response, providing rescue and rehabilitation to stranded animals; public inspection of the local fisheries and their influence on marine life; scientific research of cetacean populations, acoustic repertoire, behaviour and character of migration. We work on establishing a marine mammal rehabilitation facility in Crimea.
All three species of the Black Sea cetaceans (bottlenose dolphinTursiops truncatus ponticus, common dolphinDelphinus delphis ponticus, harbour porpoisePhocoena phocoena relicta) are unique and endemic. They are introduced in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, two of them are considered to be endangered. Just a few dozen years ago these animals have been massively killed: according to rough estimates, more than 6,5 million dolphins were massacred by the Black Sea countries. Nowadays they are protected by international conventions, but, unfortunately, these species’ still continue being on a razor-edge.
We recorded more than 1200 stranded marine mammals during the 2017-2019 field seasons, 59 animals stranded alive.
We and our volunteers are the only rescue team on the whole peninsula to provide medical treatment and care to these animals in trouble.
We do not receive governmental support, all the activities are carried out at our own expense.
Everyone can make his personal contribution to the preservation of the Black Sea and its marine mammals. You can contribute any sum to our project.
Let us remind you that the Black Sea dolphins are unique endemic species confined to one location only! They have a number of differences from other dolphin species and subspecies, so the materials we receive from them are also unique.
We will be eternally grateful to you for any financial or informational support!