Who: Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
Where: The Hebrides Islands, Scotland
Focus: Dolphin and whale monitoring from the research sailing yacht Silurian (used as a filming platform in the The Blue Planet):
- Conduct cetacean surveys and engage in wildlife identification.
- Collect photographic and acoustic data on the various species of cetacean found in the survey area to therefore identify individuals using distinguishable marks on their dorsal fins.
- Contribute to the trust’s excellent citizen science programme. Every sighting in the database has been collected by a member of the public.
Marine Life: 24 species of whales and dolphins have been recorded in the Hebrides – that’s nearly a third of the global total. The most commonly encountered species, and target of specific research, include:
- Minke whales
- Harbour porpoises
- Bottlenose dolphins
- White-beaked dolphins
- Common dolphins.
When: April – Oct | Specific expedition dates
Duration: 7-12 days
Suitability: 16+ | Great for students doing research.
Requirements: No experience required as full training is provided. Volunteers need good eyesight and hearing.
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