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Dolphin Research Project, Namibia

1 to 3 months from

minimum age

  • Gain in-depth practical training in marine research techniques to study whales, dolphins and turtles
  • Get involved with our bottlenose dolphin acoustic project, recording dolphin sounds
  • Live near the Walvis Bay lagoon alongside flocks of flamingos and colonies of seals
  • Sea kayak with seals or discover the sand dunes in your free time

** Special Internship March 2019 for one or two months **

This one off opportunity will involve lots of fieldwork and will mainly focus on the bottlenose dolphins and will include boat surveys, acoustic data collection, photo-ID, eDNA collection from the boat and kayak.



Join a team of dedicated scientists and enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to marine research in a beautiful and remote environment. Gain experience in skills such as taking photo-ID pictures, collecting behavioural data, data input, making acoustic recordings, attending strandings, working with archived skeletal material and small boat skippering.



When I got off the plane seemingly in the middle of the desert I never dreamed that this barren land would supply some of the best experiences and memories of my life in the space of a few short weeks. In the space of one morning we had two species of dolphin coming up to us and bow riding! To cap it all off two humpback whales had been spotted – a mother and calf!
Stefanie, UK


Watch this video to learn about the work that interns are doing at the Dolphin Research project in Walvis Bay in Namibia and find out what research is taking place.



Gain in-depth practical training in marine research techniques to study whales, dolphins and turtles. Live in a marine environment surrounded by Heaviside’s Dolphins, Flamingos, White Pelicans and Seal colonies.  Enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to marine research in a beautiful and remote environment in Namibia.



Walvis Bay is a port town on the coast of Namibia. Sheltered by the Pelican Point sand spit, its tidal lagoon is home to abundant birdlife including flamingos and pelicans. Dolphins, whales and Cape fur seals inhabit the Atlantic waters around the Pelican Point Lighthouse and you may even see African penguins too. East of the bay, coastal sand dunes mark the start of the magnificent Namib Desert.

Free Time

Free Time

In your free time, you can kayak with seals in the lagoon, or visit the sand Dune number 7 in the Namib Desert just outside town or go sky diving or fishing.  The town of Swakopmund is closeby and is a haven for adrenaline tours, such as sand surfing or quad biking.  Otherwise, you can also spend your free time relaxing and walking on the long stretches of beach.

Dolphin Research Project, Namibia

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