Fin whale drone footage
Ever wondered what the daily life of a whale researcher looks like? This is your opportunity to immerse yourself into the marine mammal field work that the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) has been conducting for nearly 40 years.
Join the MICS team this season for a week or two in the small town of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (North Shore, Québec, Canada) to see behind the scenes of the whale research station. Whenever weather is permitting (calm sea, no fog or strong wind), you will join the team on the water as they carry out their surveys. This part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence is characterised by a rich biodiversity and, among other species, minke whales, humpback whales, fin whales, and harbour porpoises are regularly encountered in the area over the summer months. The main research focus lies on photo-identification, a technique that allows researchers to identify individual whales based on pigmentation patterns and fin shapes. During land days, personalised tours in the museum along with presentations on ongoing research projects and results are offered. After an introduction, you will also have the chance to dive into the matching process to see if you can identify the animals we have seen in the field.
Odyssea researcher Anna Schleimer will be carrying out her field work for her PhD on fin whales with MICS in July and August, so this will also be a good opportunity to see what Luxembourgish marine biologists get up to!
General information can be found on the MICS website https://www.rorqual.com/english/how-to-engage/whale-research-adventures and more specifically: https://www.rorqual.com/english/how-to-engage/whale-research-adventures/north-shore
One week costs C$2,395, two weeks C$4,550, all included (lodging, meals, transportation), based on double occupancy [add $100 / week for single occupancy], flights to/from Sept-Iles not included.
You can join the MICS team anytime between July 1 and August 26 for a week or two. For any questions feel free to email Anna Schleimer under firstname.lastname@example.org.