Italy Dolphin Monitoring and Sailing
Where: Ischia, Italy
Focus: Monitoring of dolphins by boat
When: May to September (Project starts every Sunday – alternative dates on request)
Duration: 1-3 weeks
Suitability: Over 18s
Cost: Available here.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Make a valuable and significant contribution to the conservation of vulnerable dolphins.
- Sail out every weekday (weather permitting) and help researchers in watching and studying dolphin behaviour.
- Record dolphin sightings using photographic identification and their geographic positions.
- Observe and assess group sizes, composition and formation, surface activity patterns and surfacing intervals.
- Monitor underwater cameras to help identify dolphins and collect behavioural data.
- Help to take acoustic recordings of dolphin vocalisations using hydrophones and echo sounders and help relate the sounds produced to dolphin behaviour.
- Acquire sailing skills and get an introduction to map reading and navigation.
Accommodation: An historical boat built in 1930 in Marseilles and designed by Andrè Mauric. The entire boat is made from wood – the hull is oak, the deck teak, and below deck is made from both mahogany and oak. There is an outside shower onboard, powered by the sun, although onshore showers are available at the local port.
Sleeping: The boat has room for five people with mixed-sex accommodation in berth, and on the bow the ‘sailor’s cabin’ has a further two places.
Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available
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