The Oceania Project
Focus: Conservation and Marine Biology.
The Oceania Project is a non-profit research and education organisation dedicated to raising awareness about Cetacea and the Ocean Environment.
It is undertaking a long-term study of the social organisation and behaviour of humpback whales in the Hervey Bay Marine Park, Queensland. Participate in Expedition Research Trainee Program.
The Oceania Project is a non-profit research and education organisation dedicated to raising awareness about Cetacea (Whales & Dolphins). A long-term study of humpback whale social organisation and behaviour is being conducted in Hervey Bay, Qld. Australia.
We have five ongoing research programs including a photo-identification survey commenced in 1992 to provide data for the study of the behaviour, social dynamics and ecology of the East Australian Humpback Whales.
Our behavioural data and photo-id fluke catalogue have already made a significant contribution to documenting the recovery of the East Australian Humpbacks following their near extinction due to commercial whaling in Antarctica.
We have taken and analysed over 40,000 photo-id data images and our fluke catalogue consists of over 3,000 individuals, the largest digital data archive on Humpbacks in the southern hemisphere.
Our research has enabled us to document the life histories of nearly 600 individual Humpback Whales, many of whom we have come to know extremely well as they migrate annually up the East Coast of Australia.
Information obtained from these research programs adds to the body of knowledge about Humpback Whales and also directly contributes to the Australian Cetacean Management and Monitoring Program.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteers will assist with humpback research, including sloughed skin collection, photo-id observations, GIS data, environmental data and general duties associated with daily operation aboard the Expedition vessel.
Trainee Program runs for 3 weeks and volunteers are able to volunteer for 2 - 3 months.
Application by email, 500 words plus CV. Please see our website for more information about the Whale Research Expedition.
There are no costs aboard the Whale Research Expedition for successful applicants. You will be responsible for all costs of Travel & Accommodation to and from the Expedition.
The present Expedition vessel is a 12-metre catamaran. Detailed Briefing Information about what to bring, etc. provided to successful applicants.
Volunteers aged 18 years old and over with previous field experience in marine mammal research useful. Interest in Marine Mammal Science and willingness to work as part of a small highly focused team. A fitness declaration is also required.
The Oceania Project
P.O. Box 646
Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
Tel: +61 (2) 6685 8128
Location:Byron Bay - Australia
Average cost per day: No costs
Focus: Conservation and marine Biology
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old ith previous field experience in marine mammal research useful.