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Learn. Conserve. Immerse Yourself.

Jump aboard the Otionos Research Boat (ORB) and join marine biologist Lee Munson in this amazing unforgettable adventure and good cause.  Get up close and personal with these magnificent marine mammals.

Want to know more about Humpback Whales on their breeding grounds? As a volunteer with Otionos you will gain an incredible insight into these animals. Taking part in our ongoing research, volunteers will actively participate in whale research trips, with an aim to gather behavioural response data, identification photos, audio records, and breeding data that is critical for the management and conservation of these animals.

5 days a week are spent at sea, tracking for a spout, a breach, or a fin slap. At this point the survey begins and we take up our research positions - the success is in the approach, something we have refined over four seasons. A singing male, competitive groups, or mothers and calves can all be seen on the Turks Bank. The data we collect will support DEMA in managing this resource for sustainable use in the future.

OTIONOS is located in Salt Cay in the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands.

Salt Cay Beach House South is a cozy 2-story cottage located directly on the ocean. With a sandy beach access just outside, you can be snorkeling minutes after stepping out of your front door. The house has a fully equipped kitchen and washer. The large upper room has both a queen bed and 2 single beds, with a room divider provided for added privacy. In whale season it is possible to see whales right outside your window!!

Program Requirements

  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • An enthusiasm for the marine environment!!
    • Good on boats and able to swim/snorkel in open water ocean for a period of time
    • Wildlife photography skills are a bonus
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