Before embarking into further studies in marine biology, I wanted to gain experience in this area, so I decided to take part to this internship. This led me to Imperia, an experience that I won’t forget easily!

When I first arrived, I didn’t know what to expect at all, but I have to say it exceeded all my expectations. I learned so much about how surveys work and how to identify individuals. As well as how to handle the collected data, and the characteristics of cetacean species in the Mediterranean Sea. We also had the opportunity to help with educational activities towards local awareness, which turned out as a great way to meet so many amazing people.

My time was filled with many incredible memories, like the first time I saw bottlenose dolphins, which happened during my first survey! I was thrilled and impressed by how amazing these animals truly are; we saw them feeding on a fishing net, which was a fascinating behaviour to observe. First survey was particularly “lucky”, since we also spotted another pod of dolphins later that day!

The highlight of this experience was certainly seeing cetaceans and many other marine species, like the sunfish, in the wild. Moreover, I must say Imperia is a beautiful city: I really enjoyed walking around, going to the beach, and of course, eating lots and lots of great food, especially pistachio ice cream and pizza!