During the "Researcher for a day" program you will during a day participate in a boat-based dolphin research survey investigating ecology and behaviour of bottlenose dolphins on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, Italy.
The Bottlenose dolphin research institute’s surveys are unique. Unlike many other research teams our surveys offer a wide spectrum of educational tools that go beyond the "average research trip". All trips are designed to enhance our awareness of dolphins, other marine life and the marine habitat that surrounds us. Oftentimes, we besides dolphins see a large number of marine birds during our trips. Many of the birds we see are pelagic and can only be viewed offshore by boat. Thus, our goal is to have each passenger depart our vessel with a greater understanding and appreciation of the Mediterranean environment and the wealth of life that it supports. We make each research survey fun and educational for passengers of all ages.
During the trip our biologists will conduct research on the dolphins seen, photographing each dolphin to be identified and catalogued yearly. We have a photo-identification catalogue of known bottlenose dolphins on our vessels for reference, to be viewed by our passengers. It is fun and educational for all to find a dolphin they have seen in the photo-identification catalogue.
There will be no "typical" day in the field, and all scheduled activities may be rotated according to weather, activity and location of the dolphins. We are entirely weather driven and take every opportunity the weather provides. A participant in Researcher for a day should be comfortable with standing in a boat for up to 5 hours non-stop while looking for dolphins through binoculars or observing dolphins and recording data. Please be patient and flexible, and remember that no one can control the dolphin movements.
The participation fee includes research training and all associated field costs during your stay with us. It is important to remember that the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute is not a tourist or dolphin watching organisation, but a well-organised team of researchers.
If you are interested in participating in the program “Researcher for a day”, please contact us by telephone or email.
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
Via A. Diaz 4,Golfo Aranci (O-T) 07020 Italy
Tel +39 3460815414
Tel +39 0789 1831197
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute is a marine science centre for Research, Education and training in cetaceans’ ecology and behaviour. Students and volunteers can participate in hands-on research on wild bottlenose dolphins and other cetaceans along the emerald coast in Sardinia, Italy. The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute offers through the Internship, Volunteer and Field research Course programs hands-on experience in marine mammal research, boat based field work, intensive training and mentoring in marine ecology. It is a great opportunity for interested individuals to go abroad and participate in the BDRI programs during their gap year or to learn about cetacean’s ecology and behaviour during the holidays. The education and training programs will all take part on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, a true marine biologist’s paradise. Any reproduction of the photographs, art, or other contents
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