International Marine Volunteers is an initiative from Dyer Island Conservation Trust, with eco-tourism partners Marine Dynamics Tours and Dyer Island Cruises, offering unique year-round opportunities to work with Great White Sharks, Southern Right Whales (from July-December) and the other marine species in the seas at the southern tip of Africa.
The ocean around Dyer Island offers significant opportunities for research as it is home to the most dense population of Great White Sharks. From July-December each year the bay is a vitally important breeding habitat for large numbers of the endangered Southern Right Whale. Additionally, there are resident populations of thousands of seals and sea-birds as well as resident dolphins.
The new scheme is unique in this marine area as it offers specific opportunities to both Volunteers (seeking short-term experience) as well as Research Interns working on specific academic projects and who wish to stay for a longer time.
Volunteers work with a resident team of marine biologists and experienced boat captains in eco-tourism and on a number of ongoing research projects involving sharks, whales, seal, African penguins and dolphins.
Research interns have significant boat-based opportunities for data collection and are offered a curriculum specifically adapted to their individual needs. All Research Interns are mentored by marine biologists from the team who are working with a number of universities.
The number of places on both schemes is limited to ensure that every participant gains the most from their time.