Guadeloupe - Dominica - Martinique
Moby Dick and his friends
This region is popular for the research of large whales.
Highlights of the research trip
Sightings of sperm whales
In the warm waters around Guadeloupe several sperm whale families have their permanent residence. Only adult males feel the need to discover the oceans. But they all come back for the mating season. The sperm whales make use of the clicking sound for their orientation, hunting and to communicate. The clicking can be clearly identified by a hydro-phone, a special underwater microphone. This can give indications of the behavior of these animals in the depths.
Sightings of humpback whales
Humpback females often stripe along the island of St. Barth, north-west of Guadeloupe, together with their young. Humpback whales are true artists; they like to jump out of the water with almost their whole body lengths in order to hit the surface again with a thunde-rous roar.
Further species in the region
Up to 30 species are present in the region throughout the year besides sperm whales and humpback whales, such as bottlenose dolphin, slender-beaked dolphin and longsnouted spinner dolphin.
Research activity at sea
During the trip you will learn interesting facts about whales, dolphins and the ecosystems of the oceans from an experienced marine biologist.
You will support the marine biologist gathering scientific data. Therefore, you will use the so called line transect while observing, identifying and counting whales and dolphins. This method is the fundamental basis for research.
The knowledge about local presence and number of individuals of different species help estimating the size of populations in diverse areas. These important facts will be submitted to international and local research institutions. With this support you will contribute to a valuable worldwide effort to protect these fascinating animals.
Knowledge about ecosystems
During brief lectures and relaxed discussions you get insights in the development of marine mammals, their biology, ecology, life in the oceans and plenty more. In addition, you can discover the fascinating underwater world and its colorful reefs by swimming, snorkeling and/or diving. Together with the guide you will explore the reefs and meet other inhabitants of the oceans in their natural habitat. These practical experiences make the great scientific work complete.
Talking to local fishermen and people are further highlights which offer new perspectives and sharpen our view for regional problems (e.g. overfishing, freshwater scarcity, pollution etc.).
There will also be the opportunity to visit nature reserves and wildlife parks on guided tours to see the fauna and flora in its whole beauty.
Besides research work and onboard activities there will be plenty of time to relax, lay back and enjoy the sea, the sun, taking a bath and for joined meals in beautiful scenery.
Details of the trip