Dolphins & Whales, Italy

he research focuses on the spectacularly large fin whale as well as on sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales, striped andbottlenose dolphins.  We have places for Cetacean Volunteer Researchers to join for one or more weeks from May to September of every year.

Individuals, groups, families and students doing research all welcome.

Cost for food, accommodation on board the research boat, programme materials, equipment, scientific lectures & training; from £770.

Since 1990 this project has been investigating the ecology and behaviour of cetaceans living in the Cetacean Sanctuary - a special marine protected area extending between Italy and France. The research focuses on the spectacularly large fin whale as well as onsperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales, striped and bottlenose dolphins.

The Project
Cetacean volunteer researchers will be directly involved in field activities, helping the scientists to collect cetacean data and assist them in preliminary analyses of digital photos and acoustic recordings, while learning basics in sailing.

You will be trained through specific lectures and work side by side with researchers. During this period you will be asked to contribute to the data collection and analysis (e.g. recording cetaceans number and behaviour at regular intervals, preliminary analysis of cetaceans digital photos, etc).

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What to Expect?

During your experience, you will be aboard a comfortable 21m sailing boat, which hosts 16 persons in five cabins: two single beds in the bow sharing one bathroom, two four-bed cabins and a very large room for six (two double and two single beds); each with private bathroom, shower and hot water.  Volunteers take it in turn to cook with a staff member every night.  Please note that those with special diets can also be catered for.

In case of unfavourable weather or harsh sea conditions, the boat stays in the harbour or in a sheltered bay. Participants may decide to stay on board assisting the researchers with data analysis and computer work (e.g. photo-identification of cetaceans) and attending the lectures held by the staff, or they may visit the surrounding area. 

  • Program ID: # 2565
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
  • location:
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Nice, France (NCE)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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