[MARMAM] Field Course in Cetacean Ecology - June 2009

Kelly Melillo melillok at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 22 11:43:01 PST 2008

Thank you for posting.




Looking for an exciting, hands-on summer course? The Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) is pleased to offer a FIELD COURSE IN CETACEAN ECOLOGY in Bimini, Bahamas. DCP, a non-profit research and education group, has been studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in this area since 2001.


Dates: June 1 - 12, 2009


Topics covered include but are not limited to:

Introduction to cetacean biology

Introduction to delphinid species of Bimini

Boat-based surveys

Photo-ID and video analysis


During our boat based surveys, students will learn species identification, photo-ID, techniques in surface observations (including GPS) and when possible, observe the animals under water and collect photograph and video data.


Cost: $2,674 per person (USD)



12 nights accommodation (double occupancy)

3 meals a day

8 half-day boat trips in search of dolphins

1 boat trip in search of reef sharks


Transportation from airport to hotel in Bimini

Course instruction

Certificate of completion

Not included: Airfare to/from Bimini, Bahamas

You must be at least 18 years old to participate. No previous experience with marine mammals or marine biology is required, however, all participants should be comfortable on a boat, snorkeling and working as a team.

Course may be used for general enrichment or course credit; however the student is solely responsible for arranging credit with their home institution.


This is your chance for a hands-on research experience with wild dolphins in the clear, warm waters of the Bahamas!


Come join us! There are only a few slots left!


For more information on this course, please contact Kelly Melillo at kmelillo at dolphincommunicationproject.org.

For more information on the Bimini Travel Course program, follow this link. 

For more information on DCP, including a list of publications, please visit www.dolphincommunicationproject.org. 

A non-refundable deposit of 20% is due by 22 January 2009.


Kelly Melillo
Research Associate, Bimini Research Manager
Dolphin Communication Project
kmelillo at dolphincommunicationproject.org

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