December 2018: The buoy has been recovered

From the bottom of the sea during the operation of restoration of the harbour, but unfortunately it was completely destroyed.

Whalesafe monitoring system restored

On June 6th, 2018 the Whalesafe monitoring system was restored. The buoy was anchored at the point of coordinates:

44.21112 ° N 8.492043 ° E

The listening system is fully functional and data transmission is constant. The monitoring of sperm whales has therefore begun!




Whalesafe at the 32nd Conference of the European Cetacean Society

Data collected in the context of the Whalesafe project have been presented during the 32nd European Cetacean Society Conference (Apr. 8th-10th, La Spezia). In this work, whale recording have allowed the measurement of the animals' body lengths.


May 20th, Whalesafe presented at Slow Fish 2017

On Saturday, May 20, at 1.00 PM, during the Slow Fish fair, at the Liguria Region stand, we will talk about  Whalesafe: a project to safeguard sperm whales in our sea. The University of Genoa and the Coast guard of Savona will illustrate the amazing biology of these cetaceans and the complex system of acoustic buoys put in place to reduce the risk of collision with ships.

Whalesafe presented at 45th EAAM symposium.

The WHALESAFE system presented at the 45^ Annual Symposium of the European Association for Aquatic Mammals.  Acquario di Genova, March 8-11 2017.

Whalesafe presented at the 6th of Cetacean Group workshop

06/17/2016 - The Whalesafe project was presented today in Turin during the sixth of Cetacean Group workshop, organized during the congress of the Italian Society of Marine Biology (SIBM).

Buoy deployment operations started

The deployment operations for the buoys built by Edgelab for the WHALESAFE project have started. The operations are coordinate by Ilma Sub, under the supervision of University of Genoa (DIFI and DISTAV) on board of the 'Menkab', and of the Capitaneria di Porto di Savona.

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Whalesafe Conference June 8th 2016

The University of Genoa (Department of Earth, Environment and Life and Physics Department), and the Port Authority of Savona, will illustrate how the WhaleSafe project, funded by the European Union, will promote the conservation of whales, through creation of a detection and alarm system with intelligent buoys, which will avoid the possible collisions of these whales with ships.

Free admission subject to availability


30th Conference of the European Cetacean Society

The two Life projects ARION and WHALESAFE presented at the 30th Conference of the European Cetacean Society (Madeira, 14-16 Ma?rch 2016). the theme of the congress is: "Into the Deep: Research and Conservation on Oceanic Marine Mammals"


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