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Exceptional harmony and biodiversity at the Pelagos Sanctuary

Dedicated to protecting Mediterranean marine mammals, the Pelagos Sanctuary is the result of an agreement between Italy, Monaco and France. Its objective? Protect this natural territory that is unique in Europe. The area has been recognized as being of scientific, cultural and educational interest. Follow the Côte d’Azur France guide, we’ll tell you everything about the Pelagos Sanctuary!

Pelagos Sanctuary: remarkable biodiversity

Boasting 87,500 km² of coastal area, the Pelagos Sanctuary is home to a biological heritage of great value. Many cetacean species regularly frequent this area. Sperm whales, dolphins, whales…over 8,500 animal species are protected and observed here! The harmonious management of human activity constitutes an essential commitment to allow research to advance. This constructive dynamic is being developed with respect for the species present and their surrounding natural environment.

Watch marine mammals in their own environment

Watching dolphins, whales and other marine mammals at sea is a marvel for everyone. Whale watching is the activity observing these cetaceans at sea, and you can do this on the Côte d’Azur! During the summer period you are most likely to have the chance to meet curious dolphins, huge finbacks, and even see births! Departing from Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat or even Mandelieu-La Napoule, several operators allow for getting as close as possible to these maritime animals. A unique opportunity to photograph marine animals in their natural element, without compromising their tranquillity, and a fabulous vector for environmental education.

Have you heard of the High Quality Whale Watching label?

The deployment of the High Quality Whale Watching label is an essential step in conserving Mediterranean cetaceans. It is awarded to operators that follow a sustainable and environmentally-responsible approach. Through this label, operators undertake to undergo training and respect the code of good conduct when watching cetaceans, to not swim with them, nor to track them by air, to play a part in scientific research and to deliver a quality message to passengers about the cetaceans encountered.

We’ll tell you everything about Operation Delphis!

In order to preserve this natural heritage, concrete actions have been implemented to watch cetaceans in their environment, by way of Operation Delphis. The long-term protection and sustainable management of Mediterranean marine ecosystems are the absolute priorities for SOS Grand Bleu, which fights against damage to the marine environment. Responsible sea trips departing from Port-Cros national park, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and even Mandelieu-la-Napoule will delight young and old. A return to your roots in a natural heritage that will allow you to enjoy a unique moment on the Côte d’Azur, with a naturalist guide who will pass on to you all their passion for marine animals.