Marine Conservation Volunteer
If you love marine wildlife, coastal areas, oceans, and seas, you should consider a marine volunteering abroad. You can go on trips that will bring you up close to some of the most beautiful, majestic and interesting creatures on the planet including dolphins, sea turtles, great white sharks, and whales. As a volunteer you will also get to meet new people, learn new skills, and visit some of the most beautiful places in the world. Plus you will get the opportunity to help protect marine wildlife and the environment through conservation work and research.And here is the best bit - becoming a volunteer is easier than you think. At The Great Projects we have put together a number of packages where you can join up with research and/or conservation projects in a location that interests you, and for a time period that suits your lifestyle. For example you could spend a week in the Azores on The Great Whale Project researching dolphins and whales, or several months off the coast of Mozambique on the Mozambican Marine Conservation Project. Many other projects are available too, so find out more about them today.
Marine Wildlife at a glance
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NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
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How endangered are Marine animals
Classifying just how endangered marine wildlife is is a
difficult task due to the huge number of animals that fall under the category.
However, with that being said there are some animals which are struggling more
than most. Many species such as whales, dolphins, manatees, dugongs, sea
turtles, and sharks have populations which are decreasing at an alarming rate.
It is not just the larger species which are in danger in the waters around the
world though. One of the most important elements in the entirety of the world’s
oceans, coral, is in grave danger of becoming extinct too, and this could have
a disastrous knock on effect for the food chain.
Threats marine wildlife are facing
The world’s oceans are often only considered as an afterthought by governments all around the world and this has led to two huge problems for the wildlife which lives in the sea. These problems are:
- Pollution – With the oceans considered an easy target when waste disposal is discussed, a lot of human waste often ends up in the sea. This includes products that are extremely dangerous or hazardous to marine wildlife such as plastic bags and micro-beads from shower gels.
- Overfishing – As the human population grows, so does the demand for fish and the marine ecosystem is suffering as a result.
- Jellyfish have been around for more than 650 million years which means that they outdate both dinosaurs and sharks.
- Thousands of marine creatures die by mistakenly swallowing plastic bags that resemble jellyfish.
- “Rain of Fish” is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the city Yori in Honduras.
13 - 27 Nights from £1,603.00
Help with vital research of the world's largest fish - the magnificent whale shark!
7 - 84 Nights from £599.00
Take part in the Great Turtle Project in Sri Lanka, and have a hand in the conservation of the country's beautiful sea turtles
14 - 56 Nights from £995.00
Dive unexplored reefs and partake in marine conservation projects amongst the islands of the beautiful Raja Ampat archipelago.
20 - 55 Nights from £990.00
Dive into the incredible waters of the Perhentian Islands and aid turtle and marine conservation by volunteering in Malaysia!
6 - 83 Nights from £605.00
Help to assist a team of marine biologists in important whale and dolphin conservation.
20 - 83 Nights from £1,305.00
Take part in this vital marine conservation internship project on the stunning Mafia Island in Tanzania.
13 - 111 Nights from £2,025.00
Work towards integral marine conservation in one of the most marine-rich locations on Earth.
3 Nights from £495.00
An incredible tour around Indonesian
islands in the Komodo National Park where you will have the chance to see the
famous Komodo Dragon.