Extent of whale and dolphin watching
Slovenia is known for its natural beauty, including dramatic alpine peaks and cliffs that overlook the sea. Slovenia’s coastline is very short, but features a range of coastal and marine habitat types. Slovenian and adjacent waters are home to a resident population of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), which live here year-round. Other species such as striped dolphins, common dolphins and fin whales are recorded more rarely.
Target species, peak times of year and locations:
Research carried out since 2002 by Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society has shown that about 150 common bottlenose dolphins live here. They can be seen year-round along the Slovenian coastline. Dolphins use this area for all important activities, including feeding, socialising and resting, as well as for breeding and nursing. Females with calves are regularly observed.
Each year between June and September, Morigenos organises several 10-day Dolphin Research Courses in Piran, where anyone can become a member of the research team and help study dolphins in their natural environment.