Volunteer With Whales

Holiday differently and volunteer with whales for your next trip abroad.

Whales are part of the cetacean mammal family. Cetacean mammals are known for being highly specialised animals, including not just whales, but the intelligent and communicative dolphin, the tusked narwhals and more. However, human activity has meant that many species of Cetacea have become endangered.

By volunteering with whales, you can contribute to the conservation efforts of these magnificent creatures. You can take part in educational touristic whale watching programs which adhere to a strict ethical code of conduct that poses no harm to the animals, along with other activities such as identification projects to help understand their migration and distribution.

At the top of the food chain, whales are a fundamental component of marine ecosystems, helping to maintain the overall health of the oceans. However, their status and alluring nature, unfortunately, has not urged people to protect them, as many species of whale are endangered today. They face threats from scientific whaling, overfishing and like all other marine animals, ocean pollution.

By joining a whale volunteer program, you stand the chance of witnessing magnificent breaching humpback whales, the adorable and curious sperm whales, fin whales, sei whales and if you’re lucky, orcas! There’s nothing like seeing an animal of such grand size in their natural habitat, and you can feel assured knowing that during this experience you are not interfering with the animals in any way, whilst simultaneously contributing to vital whale conservation efforts.

Whales At A Glance

ENDANGERED STATUS
Endangered
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Dependent On Species
ENDEMIC REGION
Oceans All Around The World

How Endangered Are Whales

There are around 90 species of Cetacea, and out of them there are around 8 species of whale which are either listed as vulnerable or endangered. The most endangered is the Northern Atlantic Right whale with just between 300-350 individuals remaining. It is estimated that there are between 50,000 to 90,000 Fin whales, and roughly 60,000 humpback whales remaining. This may seem like a considerable amount, however, scientists estimate that just a few hundred years ago, there were as many as 240,000 humpbacks swimming the seas.

What is certain, is that populations of these species are declining, and volunteering with whales is essential for providing these animals with a future.

Threats Whales Are Facing

Whales suffer from similar problems as many other marine-based animals. These problems include:

  • Scientific Whaling – the barbaric practice of whaling was banned some time ago, but people still manage to hunt whales under the scientific permit. However, this practice is now outdated and kills the whales painfully and slowly.
  • Commercial Whaling – countries such as Iceland continue to hunt whales for their markets despite changes in legislation in other countries and backlash from them. Over 1,000 whales are killed each year for this practice.
  • Bycatch – whales are often caught up in fishing equipment which was intended for other fish and most of the time, this proves fatal for the whale.
Fast Facts
  • Humans killed at least 2.8 million whales throughout the 20th century.

  • There’s just one all-white humpback whale known in the entire world.
  • A blue whale is the biggest animal on land or sea that is known to have ever lived on Earth – their hearts are the size of a small car!
  • The sperm whale has the largest brain of all whale species. Their brains can weigh up to an impressive 9 kilograms.

Projects Do More

Whale Articles

Help Keep Our Oceans Clean This Mother Ocean Day!

Happy Mother Ocean Day! This awareness day is a time to reflect on the beauty and wonder of our 5 oceans. With the ocean covering two-thirds of our planet, we should appreciate just how essential the ocean is to life as we know it. Today, it's important to look at how we treat the sea and how we can protect the many creatures that call it home! 


Experience Humpback Whale Season In Mozambique This Summer!

May through to September is the best time of year to go diving in Mozambique, as it is the time of optimum visibility in its warm waters of the Indian Ocean. At this time of year, breeding season for humpback whales also takes place, and the journey of the whale migration from the Antarctic to warmer waters commences!


World Whale Day - Why Our Conservation Efforts Are More Important Now Than Ever Before

Learn about World Whale Day, and see how you can help towards the conservation of this incredible animal. In light of the recent tragic news in New Zealand (where hundreds of pilot whales died after stranding), our efforts are more important now than ever before.


When Should I Go To The Azores To See The Whales?

When Should I Go To The Azores To See The Whales?

As you may well know already, whales are migratory...

It's World Whale Day 2016!

It's World Whale Day 2016!

It's World Whale Day 2016 so read up on why these...

Whale Facts - Learn All About These Fascinating Creatures!

Whale Facts - Learn All About These Fascinating Creatures!

Read our top 5 Whale facts and learn more about these...

 Volunteer with Whales - New Project Launch

Volunteer with Whales - New Project Launch

Located in one of Europe's least visited but most exciting...

Where you can go
Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 7DX
United Kingdom

Opening hours:
   Mon-Fri 8:30am–5:30pm
   Sat 10am-4pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987

Foreign Office Travel Advice