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Sea Search Whale & Dolphin Research Programme, South Africa

1 to 4 months from

minimum age

  • Research and record data on Killer & Humpback Whales in Cape Town
  • Work alongside PhD scientists to collect and analyse data on cetaceans
  • Internship and research opportunities for University students available
  • Other species researched include killer whales, dwarf sperm whales and humpback dolphins!

Pietro intern at Sea Search programme in South Africa

Useful Information About False Bay

South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa, neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia. With 2 798 kilometres of coastline, made up of habitats from both the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean, South Africa has very high marine biodiversity. False Bay, in the south west of South Africa, is known for its natural beauty and scenic landscapes. The waters of False Bay are home to a variety of animal life including great white sharks, African penguins, Cape fur seals and various dolphin and whale species. The southern peninsula and surrounds are known for its surfing, kite boarding, hiking, colourful seaside villages, museums, art galleries and picturesque wine lands. Part of the project study area is the Table Mountain National Park which is a natural world heritage site and one of the 7 new wonders of the world. This area is a conservation site for both terrestrial and marine habitats.

While many areas in Cape Town and surrounds are well developed with high population densities, there is still a drive towards conservation for areas with high biodiversity. As such there are 20 reserves and seven marine protected areas in the Cape Town Municipality alone with plans to increase the number of protected areas nationally over the next five years.

Sea Search Whale & Dolphin Research Programme, South Africa

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