Stingray NurseryLatest update January 10, 2019 Started on July 8, 2018
When you discover a nursery area of an elasmobranch, you need to explore it more, especially when your country doesn't care about wildlife and the environment...
In a citizen science project on July of 2018 about recording the marine biodiversity on south-east Pelion in Greece, we (at Hellenic Biodiversity Center with iSea) discovered in the beach of Lyri 2 common stingrays (Dasyatis pastinaca).
And it turned out to be a nursery area of the common stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca).
Unfortunately, in Winter, it's really hard to see what's happening undersea and that's because of the streams it has and the bad weather which mixes the sand, and it makes it unavailable to see underwater.
But here a video from last year... And waiting for the summer to have more photos / videos and more data.
At the beginning of July 2018, two NGO's: BiodiversityGR and iSea were running a citizen science project in the area for recording the marine biodiversity of the area of South-East Pelion, in Greece.
On the 2nd day (at 3 of July), we have gone to explore and record the marine biodiversity of the Lyri Beach. This day Nikos Doumpas of the iSea was able to find and record for the first time two common stingrays (Dasyatis pastinaca).
Since then I was able to record the stingrays (even the young ones) and their habitats until October, which the weather didn't allow me to continue the free diving observation of the stingrays and their habitat and behavior.
But in late of the July when I have seen the newborns (and many of them), I understood that was the time to begin an Expedition (Project), so to be able to record continuously this nursery area, and their behavior.
To do that I was able to freedive (usually it was from 4 to 6 meters), and taking photos and videos with an underwater camera. But if I want to learn more, I need to use also other methods like a ROV and acoustic methods.
But the expedition already has started and more good news will come soon...
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