- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Costa Rica
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: One Week
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: STEM
- Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Environmental Science, Wildlife Conservation
- Selective: No
- Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
Do something special this summer! Visit Costa Rica’s beautiful Golfo Dulce to help protect its whales and dolphins.The researchers you’ll join gather information on three species of cetacean in the gulf: the pan-tropical spotted dolphin, the bottlenose dolphin, and the humpback whale.
Count animal population sizes, see how dolphins interact with each other, and try to understand what habitats they prefer. Golfo Dulce provides a rich habitat for cetaceans. Undiscovered by tourists, it remains fairly pristine, which makes now a crucial time to investigate what the ecosystem needs to remain healthy. Understanding the behavior and tracking the abundance of the whales and dolphins here ensures we have the information needed to best protect them once tourism increases.