Discover the Singing Whales of Ireland

course thumbnailThe 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.

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  • Bob Gisiner, December 2015

    “I especially appreciated the amount of hands-on training with the data processing software and user interface. This included deployment of an actual PAM array and operation of the PAM monitoring equipment in a realistic survey scenario, complete with cooperative vocalizing dolphins.

    Hands-on practice completing the standardized data sheets used by BOEM and JNCC were also features that I thought left the potential PAM operator ready for real-world application of his or her training.

    The materials and practical training give the students all they need to succeed as a professional PAM operator.”

  • Stephanie Barnicoat, June 2014

    “Excellent. A superb mix of theory and practical. The course leader provides expert up to date knowledge, information that is both easy to absorb and follow whilst being comprehensive. I would highly recommend this course for potential MMOS.”

  • Dan Coles, June 2014

    “The practical side of the course was essential as it gave a very real experience of the role played by an MMO offshore.”