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British Columbia Marine Mammal Ecology 

Immerse yourself in the world of harbor seals, humpback whales, grey whales, Orcas, Dall’s porpoises and California sea lions that converge each summer on the B.C. coastline.  

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Join a group of fellow naturalists-in-training to study marine mammals in their natural habitats. Live and work at the renowned Salmon Coast Field Station and carry out your own research projects under the eye of professional marine mammal scientists and naturalists. Assist with whale behavior research, tracking and data collection. As your knowledge base deepens, your thirst for even greater adventures continues. Sea kayak in remote waters and explore the diversity and abundance of mammals that exist here. You will also get a chance to volunteer at the Whale Interpretive Center and put all your newly learned skills to the test. 

Marine Science College Study Abroad Program
“Learning about what you love in a beautiful, scenic setting, with animals in the wild is something that makes every day memorable.” — Tanvi Vasan, Bangalore, India


  • Earn 3 college marine science credits
  • Study orcas, whales and dolphins in their natural environment
  • Live and study at the Salmon Coast Field Station
  • Carry out your own research alongside scientists
  • Assist with whale behavior research, tracking and data collection
  • Kayak the Barkley Sound and Johnstone Strait
  • Spend the night at the Vancouver Aquarium

Experience Required

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • High school graduate
  • High school or college Biology
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago

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  • College
Community Service & Academics
  • 5 Hours
  • 3 Credits
  • Locations
  • Campbell River
  • Deer Island Group
  • Johnstone Strait
  • Telegraph Cove
  • Vancouver

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