Monday, February 22, 2010

Eco-course in Whale Shark Ecology and Monitoring

MCSS are pleased to announce the launch of their first formal public courses on their signature species, the whale shark. These five day courses are aimed at giving people with an interest in the world’s largest living shark the opportunity to learn more about its ecology and biology as well as some of the standard techniques used in monitoring them.

The courses are organised by leading whale shark researcher Dr. David Rowat and will include five mornings of presentations, tutorials and workshops with four afternoons spent putting the theory into practise with the MCSS whale shark monitoring programme and meeting these sharks up close and personal!
The programme has been set up by MCSS using the services of local hotels, boat/dive operators and ground handlers so that all participants have to do is sign-up and the rest will be taken care of!

A standard six night package has been organised that includes accommodation at a local hotel on bed and breakfast basis, airport-hotel-airport transfers, the whale shark course and four monitoring trips from Euro 1575 per person sharing.

Three courses are planned this coming whale shark season for a maximum of seven persons per course:

September 20th – September 24th
September 27th – October 1st
October 18th – October 23rd

In addition, extensions of the programme are available to extend your stay with a week’s diving or a learn-to-dive package with MCSS supporting partner the Underwater Centre.

Full details of the standard package and some of the extension options are available from the MCSS web site.

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