Sardinia Island is a marine biologists paradise. An ancient land with an ancient language, Sardinia is a uniquely fascinating place, forged by many centuries of culture and history, in its strategic position at the centre of the Mediterranean. The Sardinia Island is an area of outstanding natural beauty, it has diverse land and seascapes and abundant wildlife.

Along the islands 1849 kilometers of shoreline there are some of the most beautiful marine habitats. The coasts are generally high and rocky, stretching for miles with headlands and deep inlets fringed by islands and islets, long beaches with powdery sand. Sardinia’s beaches are not just for jet setters and their yachts. Wild, untamed and stretching for miles: the beaches of Sardinia are vast and varied, from high craggy cliffs to gentle sweeping dunes and juniper-sheltered coves. The crystal clear sea is unsurpassed in its sparking translucence and beguiling colours, ranging from deep cobalt blues to sheer emerald greens. In addition to its pristine coastline and due to the varied topography and the warm waters, north-eastern Sardinian waters are a very productive coastal area and contain a rich diversity of marine life.

Most of the Mediterranean species of whales and dolphins (collectively known as cetaceans) have been reported from these waters. From fin whales, beaked and sperm whales, to striped, common dolphins, and the resident identifiable bottlenose dolphins makes the BDRI's study area one of the most interesting habitats for cetaceans in Europe.

The project is based in the beautiful heritage fishing village Golfo Aranci, on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia (Emerald Coast). The name “Golfo Aranci” means Gulf of oranges. However, in reality Golfo Aranci owes its name to a wrong interpretation of the name "sos aranzos" meaning “seeds of Posidonia seagrass stranded along the beaches”. The rugged coastline and the small island of Figarolo offer a great variety of natural habitats for wildlife with animals such as mouflons, crows, Adouin’s seagulls, cormorants, land turtles, etc. The crystal clear water offers a wide variety of marine fauna much appreciated by tourist, fishers and scuba divers. In addition, Golfo Aranci encompasses the most representative harbour in terms of gillnets and trawlers fishing effort on the north Sardinia. Moreover, the presence of a floating marine fin fish farm has been linked to an important change in bottlenose dolphin distribution and behavior.

People who visit Sardinia discover not only one of the most beautiful and original places in the world but also have an unforgettable holiday. Sardinia offers visitors an array of gastronomic specialities from the classic Italian pizzas & pastas to the ancient cooking traditions of the shepherds and the sea food specialities of the coast. Sardinia is rich in both handicrafts and arts, its carpets, baskets, pottery and its gold filigree jewellery are both unique and of the highest quality.




Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI Via A. Diaz 4,Golfo Aranci (O-T) 07020 Italy Tel +39 3460815414
Tel +39 0789 1831197

The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute is a marine science centre for Research, Education and training in cetaceans’ ecology and behaviour. Students and volunteers can participate in hands-on research on wild bottlenose dolphins and other cetaceans along the emerald coast in Sardinia, Italy. The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute offers through the Internship, Volunteer and Field research Course programs hands-on experience in marine mammal research, boat based field work, intensive training and mentoring in marine ecology. It is a great opportunity for interested individuals to go abroad and participate in the BDRI programs during their gap year or to learn about cetacean’s ecology and behaviour during the holidays. The education and training programs will all take part on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, a true marine biologist’s paradise. Any reproduction of the photographs, art, or other contents is prohibited without written permission.


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