[MARMAM] Sea-Kayak Adventures and Odyssea Gray Whale Field Course (27 Feb to 8 Mar)

anna.schleimer at odyssea.lu anna.schleimer at odyssea.lu
Tue Feb 9 11:12:52 PST 2016

Dear Marmamers,

ROW Sea Kayak Adventures (http://www.seakayakadventures.com/) in collaboration with the Marine Biology Association Odyssea (http://www.odyssea.lu/) are offering a gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) field course in Magdalena Bay, Mexico. The bay is home to dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and many other shorebirds, but is primarily known as one of the major calving lagoon for gray whales. Whale watching is very popular in the area, because it is one of the few places where you can get close and personal with the “friendly gray whales”. 

The field course takes place from 27 February to 8 March 2016. Interns will be introduced to and participate in research techniques involving boat-based photo identification, behavioural studies, and land-based surveys. No previous experience is required. 

The cost of the field course is 800$, which includes:
- Full internship programme with lectures (marine mammal biology and conservation), practical training and workshops
- Boat-based gray whale photo-identification and behavioural data collection
- Insight into data processing and analysis of both photo-ID and behavioural data 
- Interaction with other visiting Sea Kayak Adventures guests
- Transfers between Loreto (Start and End) and Magdalena Bay
- Meals and basic accommodation in comfortable tents directly on the beach of Magdalena Bay (sea view included)

The fee does not include flights to and from Mexico, compulsory health and travel insurance, or personal expenses. 

At the end of the internship a certificate will be issued summing up all the skills acquired by the participants.

If you are interested in joining this internship or if you have any further queries, please contact us at anna.schleimer at odyssea.lu 

best wishes

Anna Schleimer
Vice-President of Odyssea

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