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Review for Ecology Project International, Missoula, MT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

With Ecology Project International, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be hands on involved in marine biology. I spent five days living on a boat with four marine biologists, studding whales in the Baja Gulf of California. A typical day consisted of waking up on a beautiful beach, eating breakfast and working on research projects, observing the ocean for signs of whales, seeing a whale, chasing a whale, getting a biopsy of the whale, dissecting the biopsy, eating yummy lunch, continuing research projects, seeing another whale, getting another biopsy, set up tents at another amazing beach, eat dinner back at the boat, present the daily research projects, and fall asleep under the stars. EPI made this whole opportunity possible. I will never forget the amazing things I saw, the wonderful people I met, or the vast amounts of knowledge I learned. I’m still in total awe at what I witnessed and the entire experience feels like a dream! I mean, since when can you be ten feet from the largest animals to ever live on this planet? Or how is it possible to swim with 300 wild dolphins in the morning and that afternoon have a wild sea lion touch your leg while swimming with them? As I said, I still am in shocked that I experienced that! The lesson I learned that will stick with me forever is, that there is so much more to our world than just what is on the surface.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences I was able to participate in because of this program.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful, kind, fun, silly, loving, and amazing people!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide scholarships that could allow students to participate in this program that would allow them to pursue their dream in marine biology.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I assisted in conservation research in marine mammals.