Orcas and their Prey in Iceland
Where: Vestmannaeyjar in the Westman islands, an archipelago in the south of Iceland.
Focus: Study the feeding behaviour of orcas in Iceland to better understand the potential threats to this species.
Suitability: Over 18s
When: June – August
Duration: 12 days
Cost: Available here
As a volunteer, you will:
- Take part in essential orca research from both land and boat.
- Learn more about the feeding habits of orcas, in order to gain a clearer understanding of the threats to orcas, and therefore what policies can be established to better protect these animals.
- Explore a stunning volcanic landscape and search for the presence of orcas in the study area.
- Assist in tracking, monitoring and recording the behaviour of individual orcas.
- Help scientists collect small skin and blubber samples from orcas to record their diet, pollutant levels, and genetic material.
- Spend time spotting seabirds such as guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, and Icelandic gulls, not to mention the most iconic symbol of the Westman islands – the puffin.
- Get a chance to see other marine mammals such as pilot, minke, and humpback whales, harbour porpoises, and seals.
Expedition participants will stay in a comfortable apartment in Vestmannaeyjar town centre. The apartment has a shared kitchen, dining room, and living room with has electricity, heating, internet access, conventional toilets, and hot water.
- Sleeping: Shared, dormitory-style single-gender rooms with bunk beds.
- Food: 3 meals a day. Staff and volunteers cook on a rotational basis.
- Base size: 6 volunteers and 3-4 staff members.
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