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As seen in Transitions Abroad Magazine November/December 2000
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Eco-Friendly Whale and Dolphin Watching

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Out of the Blue, a nonprofit arm of the Whale and Dolphin Conversation Society, offers trips for travelers who wish to visit whale and dolphin habitats, stay with researchers, and learn about projects. Trips include whale watching in the Azores; whale, dolphin, seal, and penguin watching in Argentina's penisula Valdes, and rafting trips to view river dolphins on the Karnali river in Nepal. All profits help fund specific conservation projects and the local economies. Accommodations, food, travel, and other necessities are all from local sources. Prices for 1-week and 2-week holidays range from $600 to $3,000, not including airfare.

For information visit the WDCS site at

Whale Watch Kaikoura, a community trust owned by the Maori people of Kaikoura, New Zealand, offer eco-friendly excursions to view sperm whales, migratory humpbacks, orcas, New Zealand's tiny Hectors dolphin, Dusky dolphins, and Royal Albatross. For information call 011-64-3319-6767, email, or visit their site at

Volunteers interested in dolphin research can assist marine biologists at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Hawaii through an Earthwatch program. Participants study dolphins’ sensory perception, cognition, and communication skills and help with daily routines such as data collection, husbandry, and monitoring respiration rates and water temperature.

For more information contact: Earthwatch Institute;,

For educational opportunities offered by KBMML contact: Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal