12 – 22 August · 11 days
Starts in: Colonia de San Jordi, Mallorca (Balearic Islands)
Ends in: Colonia de San Jordi, Mallorca (Balearic Islands)
Area: Balearic Islands
A new chapter begins for Alnitak with the first ever expeditions on board RV Bon Coeur focusing on the waters to the south of Mallorca and in particular the Cabrera Archipelago National Park.
Requiring special permits to do our research here, the National Park’s waters are home to a variety of species. We often see sperm whales and manta rays, but our main focus is on Risso’s dolphins and loggerhead turtles.
Volunteers are vital to our work
Your share of 1100 Euros (calculated at 100 euros/day) covers living costs while on board plus supports the scientific programs. It also includes membership, and is tax-deductible.
Life on Bon Coeur
Depending on the weather and sea conditions, there are different types of days. Ideally, when conditions are adequate we aim to spend as much time as possible in the open and deep waters of the Mediterranean. This means waking up often as early as 5 AM to get going. You will be divided into pairs and trained to help take scientific data on wildlife and human activities, help sail the ship, and do other chores such as cooking and cleaning. When the weather is less ideal, there is still plenty to do such as ship maintenance, data entry, coastal clean ups and our “Monitoring the Open Sea” lectures. Every single expedition is unique due to weather, sea state, wildlife that we may encounter, harbours, the crew and volunteers on board, and more variables, meaning that there is an aspect of uncertainty and excitement that adds to the sense of adventure.
Below is a video of one of our main actions in Cabrera last season: retrieving dangerous drifting ghost gear, and rescuing entangled marine turtles: