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British Columbia Marine Mammal Ecology 

Immerse yourself in the world of harbor seals, humpback whales, grey whales, orcas, porpoises and 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 a world-renowned field research station and carry out your own projects under the guidance 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. Learn about the First Nations who have inhabited the islands for thousands of years. It's an epic adventure that will not only develop your passion for marine mammals, but will leave you with a wealth of knowledge to use towards their preservation and conservation. 

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

Highlights

  • Earn 3 college marine science credits
  • Study orcas, whales, dolphins and porpoises in their natural habitat
  • Live and study at a renowned field research 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
  • Snorkel with seals

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
  • Deer Island Group
  • Johnstone Strait
  • Nanaimo
  • Telegraph Cove
  • Tofino
  • Vancouver

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