Whales, dolphin and turtle conservation

Project name:

Biosphere Expeditions (2)

Project purpose:

Whales, dolphin and turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

1400

Marine

Portugal (Azores)

Europe

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Comfortable guest house

When does the project run?

Facilities:

More information needed!

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

None. You do not need to be a scientist or have any special qualifications - everyone can take part and there are no age limits whatsoever.

Most work is boat-based, so you do not need to be particularly fit, but it is important that you are steady on your feet, have reasonable eyesight and have no medical conditions affecting your sense of balance or ability to hold on when the sea is bouncy. We will walk approximately two kilometres to and from the harbour each day.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

You will photograph sperm, blue, fin, Sei, humpback and minke whales, as well as bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins you come across and record them for local and international monitoring databases. You will also listen to whale and dolphin vocalisations. If sea conditions allow, you may also capture loggerhead turtles in the open ocean using nets and then measure, tag and release them as part of an international tagging programme. All this in an effort to elucidate the animals’ life histories and migration patterns across the oceans and assist with the formulation of effective conservation and management strategies. You will spend the day on a modern catamaran research vessel out at sea and your evenings and nights at an historic and comfortable guesthouse in the town of Horta on Faial Island.

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