Subject: Summer Volunteer working with Whales and Dolphins

Lindsay J Porter (h9390327@hkucc.hku.hk)
Mon, 1 Dec 1997 10:40:07 +0800

IN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION ON HOW TO GO ABOUT WORKING WITH WHALES AND
DOLPHINS AS A SUMMER VOLUNTEER

Dear Erin,
Thank you for sending me your address - I just wanted to get an idea of
which centre you might be close to - I see though that you are right in the
middle of the states so would need to travel!  As I am sure you must know,
marine mammal research is a competitive field and there are lots of people
trying to do the same type of voluntary work that you are interested in.
There are two types of voluntary work you could apply for - one where you
pay nothing (a trye volunteer) or one where you actually pay to join a
research programme (as a type of adventure holiday).  I shall include some
places which may take on volunteers and email addresses for those that are
paying holidays.  These 'paying' volunteer projects also have various
overseas expeditions.  Although I am unsure as to limitations on age, some
of these projects may be something worth considering in the future.


Paying Research
Earthwatch The website has lots of information on all projects, I have
listed the sites specific to marine mammals
http://www.earthwatch.org/
680 Mt. Auburn St., 
P.O. Box 403, 
Watertown, 
Massachusetts 02272; 
email: info@earthwatch.org 

http://www.earthwatch.org/x/Xkoelsch.html   MANATEES Florida
http://www.earthwatch.org/x/Xbalcombo.html   ORCAS Washington
http://www.earthwatch.org/x/Xwellsr.html    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS  Florida.
This is a very good programme. I know several people who have taken part and
all comments have been very positive and enthusiatic (to contact this
laboratory direct: Dr. Randy Wells
Chicago Zoological Society, c/o Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Thompson
Parkway, Sarasota, FL. 34236) 

Whalewatching website.  This site has a lot of information on all aspects of
whale watching, research, education and related groups.  
http://www.physics.helsinki.fi/whale/
email: lauhakangas@phcu.helsinki.fi

Oceanography www site list  This site lists many institutes that conduct
research and includes those that require volunteers
http://www.physics.helsinki.fi/whale/oceano.html
email: lauhakangas@phcu.helsinki.fi

Prof. G.A.J. Worthy 
Director, Physiological Ecology and Bioenergetics Lab
and
Director, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network
This is one of the largest and most successful Marine Mammal stranding
programmes.  Volunteers are always require although I believe that all
summer interns are either University or college level.

Texas A&M University,
5001 Avenue U, Suite 105
Galveston, TX   77551  USA
(409) 740-4905 fax
http://www-ocean.tamu.edu/

Centre for Coastal Studies
All year round whale and dolphin cruises and research, which take summer
interns of all ages
http://www.provincetown.com/coastalstudies

The Center for Coastal Studies
Box 1036,
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-3622
email: ccswhale@wn.net

Overseas
Voluntary Services Overseas (they are based in England).  They do all sorts
of biological work.  You can write to Sarah Curran in the Philippines, who
will be able to put you in touch with the main office 
 <tambuyog@pal-onl.com> (and please mark email for her attention)

Wallacea.  Indonesian rainforest and coastal area survey project (no
specific dolphin work other than finding and identifying species in certain
areas)

http://www.operationwallacea.org.uk/

Operation Wallacea 
C/- Ecosurveys
Priory Lodge
Hagnaby
Spilsby
Lincolnshire PE23 4BP
email: info@operationwallacea.org.uk

I hope that these are of some help and that you manage to find a programme
that you can participate in.  I have included emails and postal addresses in
case you do not have web access.  If some places have age limitations, don't
be disencouraged - just get writing to institutes and organise a position
for next year!

with best wishes
Lindsay 
email h9390327@hkucc.hku.hk
Dolphin Research Group
The Swire Institute of Marine Science
The University of Hong Kong
Cape d'Aguilar
Hong Kong
website: http://www.webdivers.co.uk/dolphin/index.html