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Bottlenose Dolphin Tracking in Belize

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Program #3561RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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From the bow of the boat, smooth gray dolphins are so close you can almost touch them! For the rest of the afternoon, you observe the dolphin pod swimming and feeding between mangrove islands, seagrass beds and coral reefs. In association with the Oceanic Society, contribute to an ongoing study of Belize’s unique bottlenose dolphin population as you assist researchers documenting their ecological behavior. Observe patterns feeding, socializing and resting, and document their habitat use as part of an initiative to declare the atoll a biosphere reserve.


Highlights

• Special research permits allow volunteers to closely approach dolphins in order to obtain identification photos and biological data.
• Identify individual bottlenose dolphins and witness dolphin activity over several days.
• Full day excursion day to Lighthouse Reef Atoll for snorkeling the rim of the famous Blue Hole, visiting a seabird sanctuary at Half Moon Caye.

Activity Notes

Participants must be able to swim. All boats have a swim ladder and protection from the sun. Boarding and disembarking vessels requires some agility. This program primarily involves dolphin observation from small boats within the atoll. Under specific conditions including the behavior of the dolphins, weather conditions and sea conditions, the researcher will determine if it is appropriate for swimmers to enter the water in order to assist with determining the sex of individual dolphins.

Itinerary Summary

Arrivals Belize City, Blackbird Caye, 9 nights; departure Belize City.

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9 nights of accommodations
26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences

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