Program Details



Starting Price
$2,000 USD
Price Details
OTIONOS is a Non -Profit organisation with 80% of volunteer donations directly used for research.

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.
Jan 30, 2017
Jul 22, 2013

About Program

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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Yes, I recommend this program

Changing the future of human interaction with humpbacks

I am thankful to have seen firsthand the work that OTIONOS is doing to educate people about humpback whales. Their work will be pivotal in shaping the way that the tourism industry moves forward.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Otionos Research intern 2013

I had the unique opportunity of experiencing the Otionos Humpback Whale research program earlier this year. There are many things that were great about the program and much was learned about the Humpback species, Megaptera. On a day by day basis the project would present logistical challenges and often physical effort in operating the research vessel and coordinating the research in general. Working out of the remote Salt Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands was a great pleasure due to its natural beauty but with that oftentimes had difficulties as with other field based research, such a food drops and equipment supplies. However, Otionos took these difficulties in its stride and provided a superb allround research internship with excellent scientific value and purpose. I have taken on what i learned and applied it to what I am currently involved with on an different conservation initiative, also in the Caribbean. Overall I couldn't rate my experience with Otionos any higher.

What would you improve about this program?
Due to the remote nature of the project it isn't easy but newer updated equipment and research boats would make a huge difference to the success of this excellent project, maybe with the right kind of funding they will be already starting this process.
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