The Whale, Dolphin and Turtle Conservation Azores Expedition
Who: Biosphere Expeditions
Where: The Azores Archipelago (Portugal), in the Atlantic Ocean
Focus: Monitoring whales, dolphins and loggerhead turtles by boat
Species: 30% of the world’s known cetacean species have been recorded in the Azores Archipelago including:
- Whales – Sperm, Humpback, Sei, Minke, Blue, Fin, Pilot, Orca, Cuvier’s Beaked, Sowerby’s beaked
- Dolphins – Risso’s, Bottlenose, Common, Striped
When: Around April
Duration: 10 days
Suitability: All ages. There are no upper or lower age limits. Volunteers under 18 can come by themselves with their parents’ consent.
Cost: Expedition from GBP 1547.
Find out more: Biosphere Expeditions
As a volunteer, you will:
- Volunteer as part of a small international team onboard a research vessel to monitor and photo-identify whales, dolphins and turtles.
- Help to establish the animals’ life histories and migration patterns across the oceans to support formulation of effective conservation strategies.
- Listen to, and make recordings of, whale and dolphin vocalisations using hydrophones for a comparative study of different regional “dialects”.
- Capture loggerhead turtles in the open ocean for tagging and release.
- Record seabird sightings.
Accommodation: Nights are spent ashore at a comfortable guesthouse-style building with all modern amenities including a kitchen, lounge, en-suite showers and toilets.
Sleeping: Shared rooms with 2 people per room.
Food: All meals provided.
Base size: Up to 10 team members + 1 local scientist + 1 expedition leader.
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