Laka Zeza is a real open air laboratory, in which we are
installing a research center, to monitor the cetacean in
the Corinth Canal, study marine biology and carry out
ethological research on invertebrates. The research
activities are performed in collaboration with
naturalists and biologists of Turin University and with
the Gaia Research Institute (www.gaiaresearch.org). (www.gaiaresearch.org).
MONITORING OF CETACEAN IN THE CORINTH CANAL
the name “Korinthos Canal” we include the waters between
the northern part of Greece and the Peloponnesus. It is
a long sea arm extending from the Ionic Greece till the
4 species of cetaceans populate the Korinthos Canal: the
common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), the stenella (Stenella
coeruleoalba),the tursiope (Tursiops truncatus) e the
grampo (Grampus griseus). The common dolphin is
classified as “Endangered” by the IUCN experts
(www.iucn.org), stenella and tursiope are classified as
“Vulnerable” and grampo as “Data Deficient”.
activities conducted in recent years have revealed the
particular interest of this still scarcely populated
area, in particular in its northern part.
The project of monitoring and research that was
initiated in 2009 allows collecting data on the species
living in the area, contributing to their conservation,
through the study of population , distribution, ecology
is renowned for its scarcity of fish resources, in
analogy with the rest of the Oriental Mediterranean.
Nevertheless Ionic Greece and the Corinth Canal
constitute an exception, thanks to the intake of
nutrients transported by many small rivers.
In the bay in front of Laka Zeza there are several
“spots” of Posidonia oceanica and interesting marine
organisms are often visible. In the nearby bays, in one
of the last snorkelling explorations of 2008, even an
adult sea horse was observed. The research activity that
we intend to conduct will initially concentrate on the
classification of the benthonic e nektonic fauna in the
different parts of the bay, both in the natural
substratum and in wrecks positioned at various depth,
through the “visual census” technique.
ETHOLOGY OF INVERTEBRATES
Within the Laka Zeza plain and in the neighbouring woods
many nests of different species of ants can be found.
Initially the research activity will insist on the
identification of every different species; successively
a detailed study of every species will be conducted, as
well as the behaviour and the relations between species
sharing the same territory.