Discover the Singing Whales of Ireland

course thumbnailJoin the team on board a research vessel, learning techniques to gather data about marine mammal acoustics off the coast of South West Ireland. Then, return to the research house to help with the data analysis. You’ll also get the opportunity to relax and explore remote Cape Clear Island, renowned for its bird watching and abundance of varied sea life, including whales, leatherback turtles, sun fish, dolphins and sharks.

The aim of this survey is to obtain data on marine mammal acoustics along the inshore waters of South West Ireland. The field trips will be conducted on a dedicated research vessel whist the theory and data analysis will be conducted in a research house. This research trip is open to anyone who has a love for marine wildlife and a thirst for adventure. Whether you are a student, graduate or wildlife enthusiast, all are welcome!

Field days are fulfilling and good fun! You will be trained to:

  • Deploy hydrophones for passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals
  • Identify and record marine mammal acoustics
  • Conduct on-board surveys of marine mammal species occurrence
  • Practice techniques in distance estimations for both visual detections using range finding sticks and acoustic detections using PAMGuard software
  • Photograph marine wildlife
  • Sea weed and Shore survey for Coastwatch

Data analysis is important to the success of any project. You will be entering data into a specially designed database from Ireland’s National Biodiversity Data Centre, as well as preliminary data interpretation.

Taking a short break from the survey work we will explore Cape Clear Island. With its remote location coupled with its proximity to the continental shelf, makes it the foremost centre for bird watching in Ireland. Whales, leatherback turtles, sun fish, dolphins and sharks are spotted regularly making it an ideal location to relax and observe Irelands wildlife at its best.

All team members and participants share accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an environmental friendly and multicultural environment.

What's Included?

The fee includes accommodation in the research house, 3 meals per day, and field work on the research vessel. You’ll need to arrange your own transport there, and pay for any extras, such as meals out and free-time activities. You’ll need your own health and travel insurance. All team members and participants share accommodation and house tasks. We’ll also give you a voucher for 15% off your PAM Level 1 or MMO course with Seiche Training, valid for 12 months.

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  • Dineka Maguire

    “Very well organized structured and delivered. Very enjoyable week. Many thanks!”

  • Siobhan Ditchman

    “It was an amazing course, I had a great time and learned so much, especially know more about future careers”