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British Columbia Marine Mammal Ecology 


This course is designed so that students achieve a working knowledge of the marine mammals that frequent the northwest coast of North America. At the end of the program, students will be able to interpret natural animal behaviors found in the wild and lead informed discussions about the environment along the coastline to a varied audience. The secondary objectives include: increased environmental awareness, enhanced interpretive and teaching skills, development of leadership and teamwork skills, increased self-confidence and improved public speaking skills. In addition, the course investigates the cultures of local communities on the coast.

“Broadreach has a way of teaching you life lessons without being pushy or 'cheesy'. ” — Laura Moore, Lookout Mountain, TN


  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of the local marine mammal populations
  • Develop a strong background in the current issues surrounding these populations
  • Gain insight into the “industry” of eco-tourism
  • Understand the history and present day whaling objectives of the Ou’hai’at 1st nations group
  • Understand history and current issues surrounding the fishing industry, from canneries to fish farms
  • Learn traditional dancing and artistry of the U’mista


  • Introduction to local marine mammals
  • Introduction to pinniped structure and physiology
  • Social structure
  • ID techniques
  • Communication
  • Otters, kelp forests and ecosystems
  • Conservation and Management


  • Whale observation tours on research vessels
  • Study marine mammals in their natural setting
  • Assist whale behavior research and data collection
  • Conduct plankton tows and whale surveys

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British Columbia Marine Mammal Ecology
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Community Service & Academics
  • 5 Hours
  • 3 Credits
Contact Hours
  • 103 Hours
College Credit
  • 3 marine science Credits
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