Sail The Hebrides

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On board Silurian, a team of scientists and volunteers are conducting visual and acoustic surveys to find out more about the distribution, abundance, movements and behaviour of whales, dolphins, porpoises and other fauna, such as basking sharks, seals and seabirds. They also investigate high-use habitats – areas that are particularly favourable for certain species, and anthropogenic impacts – and the effects of human activity on the region’s cetaceans. As a volunteer, you will have the … [Read more...]

Researching Dolphin and Whale Behaviour in the Mediterranean

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Since 1990 this project has been investigating the ecology and behaviour of cetaceans living in the Cetacean Sanctuary - a special marine protected area extending between Italy and France. The research focuses on the spectacularly large fin whale as well as on sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales, striped and bottlenose dolphins.  Cetacean volunteer researchers will be directly involved in field activities, helping the scientists to collect cetacean data and assist them in preliminary … [Read more...]

Whales and Dolphins Under the California Sun

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If you’re walking along one of Southern California’s broad beaches, you’ve got a good chance of seeing a whale spouting or a pod of dolphins riding the ocean waves. This coastline supports a rich community of marine mammals, including the blue whale, the largest animal to have ever lived on Earth. But it is also home to Los Angeles Harbor, the busiest port in the United States. The whales and dolphins that migrate through or live in these waters face constant threats from human activities: … [Read more...]

Dolphin & Whale Research and Coastal Conservation Volunteer

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Volunteer in South Africa with whales and dolphins along Kynsna's beautiful coast! Photo credit: Shutterstock, Sergey Popov V. Volunteer in South Africa with whales and dolphins on a community based research and conservation project in Kynsna!  Not only will you have the experience of working alongside an eco-tourism company in their efforts to study dolphin and whale populations, you'll also have the chance to educate local children about sea life and the importance of conserving it.  You … [Read more...]

Coastal Conservation and Education Project, South Africa

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Volunteer in Plettenberg Bay as a wildlife conservation volunteer with whales, dolphins and seals!   Volunteer in Plettenberg Bay with marine wildlife including endangered species:  Coastal Conservation and Education Project's vision is to create a conservation model for Plettenberg Bay that ensures the sustained utilisation of marine and coastal resources through community involvement, management and research.  You will be assisting in boat and land based surveys where the data … [Read more...]

Safeguarding Whales and Dolphins in Costa Rica

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Golfo Dulce, a narrow inlet on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, provides a great habitat for whales and dolphins. It remains quite pristine, since many of the tourists who visit Costa Rica each year haven’t discovered it yet; giving us a chance to conduct baseline surveys and to see what the ecosystem needs to remain healthy.  By tracking the distribution and abundance of cetaceans in Golfo Dulce, we can make sure that we have the information that we need to protect them when tourism … [Read more...]

ORCA Volunteer Programme

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Officially created in 2001, the Volunteer Program, has been designed to increase understanding and awareness about conservation issues and initiatives, and to help create a conservation model for the Plettenberg Bay area. People from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds come from all over the world to learn while helping us further our work in sustaining marine and coastal resources. Our projects are based both on land and sea, with daily activities which include whale and dolphin watching, … [Read more...]

Studying whales, dolphins and turtles around the Azores archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean

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This expedition will take you to the Azores Archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to study whales, dolphins and loggerhead turtles. You will photograph whales and dolphins and record them for local and international monitoring databases as part of a small international team. You will listen to and make recordings of whale and dolphin vocalisations and capture loggerhead turtles in the open ocean for tagging and release. All this in an effort to elucidate the animals’ life histories and … [Read more...]