Become an OTIONOS volunteer research assistant in the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands and participate in an ongoing study to conserve the magnificent humpback whale.
As a Volunteer humpback whale research assistant you will spend 5 days a week at sea recording behavioral response data, taking acoustic recordings, plot GPS positions, capture identification images above and below the water and use underwater sizing techniques to age calves.
You will support a research that aims to tackle increasing tourism pressure on these animals on a suspected breeding ground. Data collected will be processed and used for management strategies such as a code of ethical whale watching and reserve designation.
This program is perfect for non divers looking to get up close and personal with humpback whales, gain insight in to the breeding behaviors, be part of a very small group (4-6) of research volunteers,
boost your marine conservation career and make a difference with your tourism.
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A beach front cottage style two story self catering accommodation is included in the price but food is excluded allowing for volunteer research assistants to choose there own dietary requirements.
Five days per week are spent at sea with data collection our priority followed by data entry and preparation. Free time can be spent exploring Salt Cay, Grand Turk, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling or relaxing with a book.
Drinks and snacks are provided on the boat and a weekly visit to Grand Turk is provided to shop and explore. Volunteers must cover all airfare and travel insurances.