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

ENDANGERED STATUS
Dependent on species
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Dependent on species
ENDEMIC REGION
Worldwide

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.
Fast Facts
  • 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.

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Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 9BX
United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am–5pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987

Australian Office
The Great Projects,
39 Cairngorm Street,
Carrara, 4211
Australia

T: +61(0) 755020457