|A project offered by:||Earthwatch Institute|
|Based in:||Catalina Island, USA|
|Activities including:||Land and boat based marine mammal monitoring
Data recording and analysis
|Duration:||from 7+ days|
|*Please note that pricing may be subject to change (check with operator)|
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: heavy shipping traffic, commercial and recreational whale-watching boats, oil rigs, and pollution. Help researchers find out how these activities affect marine mammals and help develop strategies to reduce these risks.
From both the shore and the deck of a boat, observe marine mammals—how they behave on their own, and how they behave when boats or other disturbances are around. You’ll learn how to estimate their distance from you and how to use photos to identify individual whales and dolphins. You’ll take in the beauty of the California coast and of Santa Catalina, one of the picturesque Channel Islands just across the water. And as you do, you’ll be working to protect some of its most majestic inhabitants.