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    Earthwatch Institute: Marine Mammals and Predators in Costa Rica


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Costa Rica
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Environmental Science, Wildlife Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Do something special this summer! Visit Costa Rica’s beautiful Golfo Dulce to help protect its whales and dolphins.The researchers you’ll join gather information on three species of cetacean in the gulf: the pan-tropical spotted dolphin, the bottlenose dolphin, and the humpback whale. Find out more!

    Count animal population sizes, see how dolphins interact with each other, and try to understand what habitats they prefer. Golfo Dulce provides a rich habitat for cetaceans. Undiscovered by tourists, it remains fairly pristine, which makes now a crucial time to investigate what the ecosystem needs to remain healthy. Understanding the behavior and tracking the abundance of the whales and dolphins here ensures we have the information needed to best protect them once tourism increases.


    • Currently, I am in AP Environmental Science and am a month away from the exam. Getting a close view of sea mammals and animals was, in its own way, a form of studying. I got a better understanding of marine life and their contribution to their ecosystem and the world at large. Sometimes in the classroom, we spend so much time reading and writing about these animals that we forget that they are real. This one event reminded me of how beautiful the marine world is and how I should be better equipped to protect it.

      - Anupreet - September 1, 2019