Join Field School and The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO) for an unforgettable 10 day expedition to track and learn about sperm whales.
As part of BMMRO’s ongoing research, we’ll be using an acoustic array to track sperm whales as they swim, feed, and dive—in the hopes of learning more about their Caribbean population. We will also be contributing to a photo ID database of whales in the Bahamas.
Field School staff and BMMRO's scientists will provide all of the training participants need to fully participate in sperm whale research and monitoring. No prior experience working with marine mammals is needed! However, it is important to keep in mind that this is not a whale watching cruise, but an active scientific research expedition. Working alongside scientists, you will collect data that can help conserve whales.
We’ll also be deploying a few acoustic receivers in the northern Bahamas to record data for later collection (if you are scuba certified, you may also have an opportunity to help us deploy receivers).
Once we make contact with a pod of whales, we will be actively tracking and following them using an acoustic array towed behind R/V Garvin, and participants will have the chance to learn acoustic and marine mammal research techniques from BMMRO’s experts while contributing to research that can aid the conservation of these amazing animals. Space on this trip is extremely limited!
Price: $3500 per person
Includes: All field research activities, transportation once participants arrive at the R/V Garvin, and all housing and food costs.
Participants are responsible for travel to Freeport, Grand Bahama where the R/V Garvin will meet the BMMRO team. At the end of the expedition participants may choose to disembark at Sandy Point, Abaco or travel back to Miami with the Field School crew aboard the RV Garvin (approx 1 day underway).
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