Marine mammal research, rescue & rehabilitation center "Serene Sea" is 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 support of a functioning stranding network, providing rescue and rehabilitation to stranded marine mammals; public inspection of the local fisheries and their influence on marine life; scientific research of dolphin populations, their acoustic repertoire, behaviour and character of migration. Moreover our organization aims to create a stationary marine mammal rehabilitation center in Crimea.
All three species of the Black Sea cetaceans (bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus ponticus, common dolphin Delphinus delphis ponticus, harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena relicta) are unique and endemic. They are introduced into 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’ lives still continue being on a razor-edge.
We recorded more than 1000 stranded marine mammals during the 2017-2019 field seasons, 43 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.
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.