Thursday, November 20, 2014


Satellite view of the Iberian Peninsula.
Satellite view of the Iberian Peninsula. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) <>, is a marine science centre dedicated to promote the conservation of marine mammal species and their habitat through education and research. On behalf of the BDRI, I am pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the following:

INTERN COORDINATOR  along the North-western coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Galician waters, Spain. 

This position is responsible for assisting the BDRI Chief Biologist in the running of the "Marine Mammals Research Project in Galician waters"  <>and coordinating the project interns. 

The project is based in O Grove, North-western coast of the Iberian Peninsula, in Galicia Spain, and offers the participants the chance to work during many steps of the field research and data analysis. The main purpose of this program is to contribute towards a more detailed understanding of the abundance and distribution of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises, with a focus on ethology, social structure, habitat use and communication. Furthermore, as the Galician coastline is known for frequent strandings of various marine mammals species, the BDRI is part of an important network for rescue and data collection from these stranded animals. 

Start Date: March 02nd 2015      End Date: October 31st 2015 (start and end dates could be flexible)

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

*    Assisting the Chief Biologist/Director in all phases of the research.
*    Coordinate between the Chief Biologist/Director and the project interns - in charge of the intern shared house.
*    Assisting the Chief Biologist/Director in intern basic training of land- and boat based surveys, photo ID studies, Database entry, Bioacoustical analysis, GIS
and more.
*    Undertaking a personal research project supervised by the Chief Biologist / Director - research topic will be chosen according to BDRI requirements and applicants' interests.


An academic background in biology, veterinary or natural science, coupled with motivation, willingness to work hard and interest in marine mammals research make the most qualified individuals. The successful applicant is expected to have a BSc degree (or higher) and able to demonstrate previous experience in marine mammal research. 

The preferred candidate should have a proven track record as a team player as the project will involve working closely with other researchers but also must be able to supervise small groups of people as they will be coordinating up to 8 interns. They must also be self-motivated with the drive and determination to work independently and responsibly. There will be one day off per week. 

This post brings the opportunity to be trained by the BDRI' Chief Biologist and to submit work for scientific publication.

This position is unpaid but accommodation in the intern shared house will be covered. Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research centre in O Grove, Galicia, Spain.

To apply:

Send a cover letter, resume and recommendation letters by email to:

Please specify BDRI INTERN COORDINATOR into your subject title.

For more information about BDRI's research and conservation work, please visit and our Facebook page.

Deadline: 05th January 2015. Interviews (via Skype) will be arranged for selected candidates after this deadline. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 31st January 2014.

See you on site!

Bruno Diaz Lopez
Chief Biologist and Director
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI)
Av. Beiramar 192, O Grove CP. 36980
tel. 00 34 605 521441

VOLUNTEERS: Bottlenose dolphin research volunteer opportunity 2015, Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, UK

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
New Quay

Bottlenose dolphin research volunteers

Dedicated to conserving Cardigan Bay's marine wildlife through education and research

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) is recruiting volunteers for the 2015 season (March to November) to collect data on the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay and to help run our visitor centre, educational and awareness raising activities.

The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is based in New Quay, west Wales, UK and is the marine wing of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Since 1996 we have been dedicated to raising awareness of the local marine environment through education and research. Using boat-based and land-based surveys, photo-ID and acoustic studies we monitor bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seal populations in the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the wider Irish Sea. We also run a busy visitor centre as well as an education and activity room which offers marine educational and awareness raising activities for families with young children.

Position description
Seasonal volunteers are required for specific periods from 23rd March through to 2nd November 2015 to help with our ongoing research, education and awareness-raising programmes concerning the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay.

As CBMWC is run almost entirely by volunteers, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to marine wildlife conservation and meet new people who share your interests. You will learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay, gain experience in field work, research methods, data processing, public awareness and education programmes. The data you collect will contribute to long running research studies on bottlenose dolphin site usage, abundance, photo-identification and acoustic studies. There may also be additional opportunities to gain experience in boat handling and seamanship skills.

Responsibilities/duties will include (but are not limited to):
·          Visitor centre operation, including dealing with enquiries and taking boat bookings
·          Land-based surveys in conjunction with Ceredigion County Council
·          Boat-based surveys*
·          Educational and awareness raising activities with children and the general public
·          Data entry and checking
·          Updating daily sightings information
·          Beach cleans
·          Aquarium maintenance
·          Cleaning and general upkeep of CBMWC premises

* Boat surveys are weather dependent and volunteers take turns to join trips to act as onboard researcher. During times of bad weather, you will spend more time carrying out shore-based activities.

Important: You may be expected to work up to 8 hours a day, six days a week. Some training and activities may take place outside of normal office hours. Field work can involve long periods outdoors and in inclement weather. All volunteers are expected to contribute to all CBMWC activities, tasks and field work and to attend all training sessions provided.

Person specification:
Essential skills
·          Positive, reliable, responsible, conscientious and mature attitude
·          Ability to work and live closely with others as part of a small team
·          Strong work ethic with an ability to work unsupervised
·          Adaptable and patient (particularly as boat work is weather dependent)
·          Confident in dealing with the public both face to face and over the telephone
·          Fluency in English
·          Willing to ask for help if unsure and admit mistakes

Desirable skills
·          Interest and/or experience of working with children in environmental education
·          Research and surveying experience
·          IT skills, including Microsoft Office and GIS
·          Interest and or/experience in salt water aquaria

Please note that enthusiasm for our work and the marine environment is as valued as experience, since full training is provided.

Student projects
We welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students who require field work support – including boat time and office space to conduct their research projects. Please note that we do not have a list of specific project ideas but if you have a project idea in mind, please contact us to discuss whether your ideas are feasible.

Time commitment
Volunteer positions are available from 23rd March until 2nd November 2015 for five separate blocks ranging from 4 to 9 weeks. You must be able to commit to an entire block and priority will be given to volunteers who are able to commit to more than one block. Applications are encouraged from volunteers who would like to join the team for the entire season and would like gain additional experience in photo-ID analysis, environmental education and volunteer training and coordination. Volunteers living locally who are available on a part-time basis are welcome year round and are greatly appreciated.

2015 volunteering dates
·          Block A: 23/03/2015-19/04/2015 (4 weeks)
·          Block B: 20/04/2015-17/05/2015 (4 weeks)
·          Block C: 18/05/2015-05/07/2015 (7 weeks)
·          Block D: 06/07/2015-06/09/2015 (9 weeks)
·          Block E: 07/09/2015-02/11/2015 (8 weeks)

Volunteer fee
An administration fee of £45 will be required from all successful applicants.

Accommodation and expense arrangements
Shared accommodation in a comfortable and fully equipped house will be arranged for successful volunteers (where required) at a cost of £55 per week, including fuel bills. Volunteers are responsible for their own food, travel and accommodation costs.
Due to payment arrangements with the house owners, accommodation costs are required in advance to cover the cost of each block so before applying please ensure that you can cover this and all other expenses.
How to apply
Download a seasonal volunteer application form from our website and email it along with a CV and covering letter (no more than one side of A4) outlining how you meet the personal specification and your motivations for applying to with 'Volunteer application 2015' in your subject line.
Incomplete applications will not be assessed so please make sure you complete the form fully, including availability and be sure to attach your CV and covering letter.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 25th January 2015

For further information
If you have any questions please email with an appropriate subject line or call Laura on +44 (0)1545 560224.

Laura Mears
Project Officer

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Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
Patent Slip Building
Glanmor Terrace
New Quay
SA45 9PS
Wales, UK

Ffon/Phone: 01545 560 224

For all the latest news and sightings information, please visit our website, follow us on Twitter and become a fan of our Facebook page

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is supported by the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Group, a marine interest group of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Helping to conserve Cardigan Bay's marine wildlife through education and research
Helpu I warchod bywyd gwyllt morol Bae Ceredigion drwy addysg ac ymchwil

INTERNSHIPS: Marine MammaL Photo ID internship, Aquarium of the Pacitic

Humpback Whale diving.
Humpback Whale diving. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Aquarium of the Pacific seeks college interns to assist the Boats Coordinator on collecting opportunistic data and photos of cetaceans during our daily whale watching cruises, as well as interpreting data to guests at the Aquarium. Other projects include assisting with data and photo processing for our new whale app.
 Commitment: 20 hours/week for 16 weeks starting in January
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to
  • Taking dorsal fin photos of animals encountered during daily cruises
  • Maintain detailed data logs of sightings and enter them into ACCESS databases
  • Answer questions and interpret for guests on board.
  • Photo processing and IDing individual whales and dolphins seen during daily trips
  • Create a project to display to Aquarium guests using whale data 
  • Must be 18 or over
  • Major/ed in biology, marine biology, or conservation a plus
  • Lift a maximum of 50 lbs

  • Each applicant must have a broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles, especially those relating to marine habitats,
  • Ability to spend many hours standing especially on a boat
  • Experience working with digital SLR camera's a plus but not required
  • Experience in data entry, preferably with Microsoft Access
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Be able to demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and work with a diverse group of people.

Deadlines for application submission is November 30, 2014. 

Kera Mathes
Education Specialist
Aquarium of the Pacific

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GRANTS: Posting for SF Bay American Cetacean Society Student Research Grants

USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay ...
USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The American Cetacean Society-San Francisco Bay chapter (ACS-SF Bay) would like to encourage students to apply for our upcoming 2014 Student Research Grants. 

ACS - SF BAY Guidelines for Student Research Grant:

The San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter Grants-in-Aid of Research fund offers small research grants for direct costs of scientific, field-based projects focusing on cetaceans. The Society invites proposals from all cetacean-related disciplines, including the social sciences, which focus on cetaceans and/or their habitats. 
SF Bay ACS chapter particularly welcomes applications from early-career researchers such as graduate students and researchers with less than 10 years’ post-doctoral experience, and researchers whose work focuses on small cetaceans in Northern California, with emphasis in the Bay Area.

The SF Bay American Cetacean Society chapter has a long-standing commitment to providing young scientists with ‘seed money’ for research projects in cetacean-related disciplines.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rare North Atlantic right whales spotted off Cape Breton - Nova Scotia - CBC News

Rare North Atlantic right whales spotted off Cape Breton - Nova Scotia - CBC News:

 "Rare North Atlantic right whales spotted off Cape Breton
Marine biologist suspects right whales have been following their food source, plankton
CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:21 AM AT Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014 11:21 AM AT

 Those white patches seen on the right whale's head are raised tissue that is actually dark in colour called callosities. Whale lice or cyamids covering the callosities are what makes them appear white. (CBC)

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The rare North Atlantic right whale has been making a splash in the waters off Cape Breton, to the surprise of some.

Five or six of the big mammals have been sighted off the northern tip of the island this summer.

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Moira Brown, senior scientist at the New England Aquarium in Boston, says that may not sound like a lot until you consider that there are only about 500 of the whales in all the world's oceans.

North Atlantic right whales are known to travel into the Bay of Fundy in the summer to feed with their calves. (

 North Atlantic right whales are known to travel into the Bay of Fundy in the summer to feed with their calves. Most make the long trek from their breeding grounds off Georgia and Florida, ending up in the bay's plankton-rich waters around June. They are also known to gather in the Roseway Basin off Nova Scotia's south coast.

 Seeing the behemoths off Cape Breton is not unheard of but they're much more common in the Bay of Fundy.

Ray Fraser, who fishes and runs ocean tours out of Bay St. Lawrence, says a North Atlantic right whale came right up to his boat recently as he and his crew were setting traps.

"This is not their normal stomping grounds, so just to see them, we're very lucky. Unsure why they're coming here. It could be something as simple as a shift in prey or a growth in the prey but we're happy," he says.

Brown says there's normally a substantial population in the Bay of Fundy in the summer, but their numbers started dropping last year.

Her theory is the same as Fraser's.

"Right whales eat plankton and there just wasn't the plankton resource there that has been there in the past years and we suspect it's the same this year. So it makes sense for the whales to move around and try to find food sources elsewhere — and hopefully that's what's happening when they're going up to Cape Breton, that they're getting some food," says Brown.

 With so few North Atlantic right whales in the world, virtually every one has been identified. There are a variety of identifying marks that make each right whale unique including scar patterns on the fluke or tail and along the whale's body. Researchers are also able to use the large patches of raised tissue on the whale's head, called callosities, to identify individuals. 

Researchers hope everybody who sights one will report it so they can keep an accurate record of the whales' movements.

How does one identify a North Atlantic right whale from other marine mammals in the sea? The lice-infested, white callosities on their heads are a dead giveaway.

The right whale also tends to be a much lazier swimmer than its deep-diving cousin, the humpback whale. Due to their high fat content, right whales can often be seen swimming slowly near the surface, a habit that makes the whales vulnerable to ship strikes. "

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

HELP PROTECT THE WHALES OF FUNDY: Last day to vote for environmental activist Bob Godfrey.

Hello You  Good People:

We're reaching out to people this last weekend of voting (closes August 31st) for the NRCM Environmental Hero Award.
You folks know not only the Save Passamaquoddy Bay work, you know that Bob has also assisted several groups around
Maine and in the county -- US, Tribal, Canada in their environmental battles.  Since anyone anywhere can vote, we're asking you to add
a note to this message and send it out to everyone on your list.  Please send this today to the folks in Native Environmental Organizations,
Canadian folks, fishermen's association -- everyone you can inspire to vote.  Happily with social media the effort is pretty easy, the timing immediate.  

Thanks so much.

Linda and Bob's nominators -- Sarah Strickland and Kathy Berry, Mill Cove, Robbinston

       —Jacques Cousteau

Environmental heroes can be professionals and they can be regular citizens. If we love this great earth, care about its air, water, land, people and creatures, a time comes when we simply must stand up to protect it. That's what Bob Godfrey in tiny Eastport, Maine did, and is still doing. To some Bob is our beloved relative, to others a trusted friend. He is an uncle and neighbor who cares about the children. He is the voice leading efforts to save glorious Passamaquoddy Bay, fed by the Bay of Fundy in downeast Maine, from massive industrial destruction. His work is for fishermen, whales, migrating birds, tide pools, dark skies, clean air and the abundant sea. 

You know someone who knows Bob or someone like him. You respect the Bobs of the world for their keen minds, unending determination and plain hard work. All around the world, we are asking people to join together in thanking this Bob by voting for him as an "Environmental Hero," part of the People's Choice Award program of the Natural Resource Council of Maine. A vote for Bob is a vote for every individual who has ever put their talents, energy and love of nature out front -- who have done and do small and large acts every day to take care of our great planet and its inhabitants -- because it was and is the right thing to do.

Join this worldwide call to action -- Vote right now for Bob Godfrey, one of Earth's Heroes. Voting ends August 31.

The Nomination Story: 
Robert Godfrey, Eastport — Bob is the backbone of the amazing grassroots organization called Save Passamaquoddy Bay (SPB). Bob has been nominated for his tenacity, perseverance, good humor, and unswerving devotion to protecting the beauty and heritage of Downeast Maine from the three LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal projects that have been threatening our homeland. Passamaquoddy Bay is an abundant yet fragile environment that needs protection against these monstrous terminals. Bob has worked to save this beautiful and productive bay for a decade. 2014 marks the 10th year that the Save Passamaquoddy Bay organization has followed the simple advice of Jacques Cousteau to "Protect What You Love." Unwavering, committed, vigilant, and steadfast, SPB, under Bob's leadership and strategic guidance, has kept LNG terminals out of precious Passamaquoddy Bay. It has been an intellectual, soulful, physical, and financially demanding fight against a cadre of developers, over a dozen of the nation's largest law firms, and corporate giants who have put at least $70 million into taking the bay to industrialize it. Bottom line: after a decade, there are no LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay thanks to SPB's efforts and Bob's leadership. It has been unbelievably challenging work, yet Bob and hundreds of committed volunteers have done it -- because it has been the right thing to do.  Thank you for your vote! - please ask others to join you today!