WHALE RESEARCH & MARINE CONSERVATION PROJECT, SOUTH AFRICA
Where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet!

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Join the only programme for research volunteers working in this unique marine environment at the tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet! With mentors from our resident international team of marine biologists, volunteers have access to a wide spectrum of marine species. All of these species are easily accessible for boat-based research from the program's vessels.

Please note this project is only available from July to December, as this is the only time of year Southern Right whales are in the area.

Situated at Gansbaai – near the southern tip of Africa about 2 hours drive from Cape Town, this volunteer programme offers a limited number of places each year which allows participants to gain the maximum from their time working closely with biologists from the research team, and volunteers will gain access to multiple marine species in a relatively small area of sea.

This volunteer project focus' on whales, but also offers a wide range of research based activities relating to other marine animals in the area.  Every year from July-December the seas off Dyer Island become home to large numbers of southern right whales who have journeyed here from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to breed and calve. Now, a newly introduced scheme offers a limited number of volunteers the rare opportunity to join boat-based whale watching and research.

Other species of marine animals including humpback whales, Bryde’s whales; bottlenose, pacific humpback and common dolphins as well as great white sharks, cape fur seals and African penguins are resident all year.

Volunteers become an integral part of the team hosting visitors from South Africa and overseas, assisting the boat crew and helping biologists to collect data and photograph the whales' behavior.  You will learn about the behaviors and biology of Southern Right whales and the other species in our seas. The program's marine biologists will be there to help, support and encourage you to get the most benefit out of your stay. You will have access to research facilities and lectures by staff and visiting speakers as well as visits to local marine organizations.

Everyone spends the majority of time at sea aboard Whale Whisperer or a newly commissioned research boat Lwazi (“Knowledge”). There are also opportunities to work on Slashfin – the program's sister shark cage diving boat. 

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