Dedicating your time to become a marine biology volunteer is perhaps one of the most fascinating experiences you could ever have. By doing so, you have the unfathomable opportunity to witness a somewhat parallel universe that words simply cannot describe, which is life beneath the waves.
Oceans cover over 70% of Earth, but just 7% of them are protected. Many government schemes have safeguarded areas on land, but protected areas of the ocean are sparser and this needs to change. However, we need to understand marine composition and ecology to know the best conservation strategies to implement – that’s where you come in!
Composition and ecology is the identity of different organisms within a habitat (both animal and plant species) and their relations to their environment; these are the factors which reveal how an entire ecosystem functions. For example, phytoplankton act as the lungs of the ocean by removing CO2 and produce oxygen as a byproduct. The phytoplankton relies on the ocean as their home, and in turn, they help to maintain healthy waters. By having better knowledge of these factors, we can implement the most appropriate strategies to help preserve our oceans and their inhabitants.
On any of our marine biology volunteer programs, you will learn much about these aspects, and conduct research based around composition and ecology, as well as the identification of incredible species such as gliding manta rays and gentle whale sharks. These trips are perfect for marine biologists, students studying conservation, or simply if marine biology grabs your attention!
Whoever you are, you have the chance to be truly enriched with knowledge and lifelong memories. So, what are you waiting for? Become a marine biology volunteer today!
Understanding the status of marine life is a challenging task as there are so many species which fall into this category. Although, there are some marine animals which are certainly struggling more than most.
Species such as whales, dolphins, manatees, dugongs, sea turtles, and sharks have populations which are decreasing at an utterly unsustainable rate. Additionally, one of the most important elements in the entirety of the world’s oceans, coral, is in very real danger of becoming extinct too, and this will completely change marine ecosystems as we know them.
It is estimated that a fifth of all the coral in the world has been lost in just 3 years. In history, changes such as these due to natural causes occur over centuries, however, the recent decline (which humans are mainly responsible for) is happening over a matter of decades.
Marine biology volunteer programs are essential in spreading awareness about the threats the ocean and its inhabitants are facing, whilst actively trying to make a change.
There are some concerning factors posing major threats to our oceans and its inhabitants. Tragically they are due to human interference.