Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center

Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center

Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
WSORC operates one of the few year-round whale shark monitoring and research stations in the world. The data collected aims to aid whale shark conservation efforts globally, as the information we gather locally will help build a greater understanding of what occurs across the whale shark’s entire range. Beyond whale shark research, WSORC has recently made a name for itself as an educational facility for professional development internships in the field of marine conservation. In training visiting interns to be leaders in marine conservation fields, WSORC has also developed databases and methodologies for additional aspects of reef health. These cover big players in Caribbean reef ecology, including lionfish population management, coral nursery maintenance, coral treatment against diseases, fish diversity and abundance, and benthic cover. Marine Conservation Internship are run monthly starting on the 1st Monday of every month.
Utila, Honduras
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Maitou221
France17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
I did the 1 month Marine Conservation Internship and it was one of the best decisions…
Never thought I could learn so much so fast (I can now recognise and name more than 200 species of fish, reef associated organisms and corals of the Caribbean) and at the same time completed so many interesting dives (coral nursery, lion-fish removal dives, scientific dives…) Thank you WSORC for teaching me so much about the ocean and making me want to dive and go into marine science even more! The staff here is truly amazing Abi, Mari and Eli are some of the kindest most devoted, professional and caring person I have ever met and being taught by folks that are so passionate about Marine Conservation is extremely rewarding!
Written November 17, 2021
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Carly
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I did the March 2020 Marine Conservation Internship with WSORC. Although it got cut short due to COVID19, it still was one of the best experiences of my life! Andrea, James and Joe were incredible leaders and we had so much fun on and off the job. I expanded my marine biology knowledge so much through their lectures and hands on learning on dives and surface intervals. I walked away with so many new skills, great memories, and new friends and I cannot wait to come back to the island to visit and participate in more MCI activities. We got to encounter spinner dolphins one morning before a dive and seeing them in the wild was such a surreal experience. Along with the dive college and the lodge, WSORC is an incredible organization that is doing such important work to help preserve our marine ecosystems. I am so happy I chose to come to Utila and WSORC, I loved every minute of it!
Written May 5, 2020
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R Craig Walker
George Town, Grand Cayman109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
we did find a pod of Orca. The orca swam around the boat, under the boat with their bellies showing. There was a huge bull, some cows and even 4 babies. It was a trip of a lifetime.
Written August 27, 2019
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itsalysialynn
Vancouver, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Went on a safari today!!! No luck finding the whale sharks, but it was great to spend the day on the boat and they took us to an amazing snorkel spot on our way around the island. I could tell they really tried their hardest to spot some whale sharks and dolphins, but they can’t control nature. They are committed to running their operation with the whale sharks best interest in mind; they don’t bait, feed or interrupt the whale sharks natural feeding behaviours, and I appreciate that a lot. Also, the staff and interns are all lovely. Will try again and hopefully have better luck next time! <3
Written April 11, 2019
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Kaiden F
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
WSORC has been great! Tons of energy and they're always willing to share their knowledge of marine life. I took several workshops here, lionfish containment, and fish id. However, the highlight had to be the ocean safari. Whale sharks had been spotted the day before and we went out looking for them. Found them after about 1 1/2 hours and were able to swim with them. Amazing experience!
Written December 27, 2017
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clayton r
Tulsa, OK156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
We have wanted to do a whale shark tour on several islands we have been to, but they are typically expensive so we have skipped them as you are not guaranteed to see a whale shark. Not expensive here. This research center is not out to make huge profits off tourists. They has several interns who were already very knowledgeable and helpful and their research geared approach makes the fare reasonably priced as you are really just funding the gas and captain of the boat. While we didn't see whale sharks, we did swim with dolphins a couple times and enjoyed a snorkel at a great reef on the way back from the 3-4 hour excursion. Well worth the fare and actually cheaper than most half day snorkeling excursion. Highly recommend tour and great bunch of people here. Thanks for the awesome time!
Written October 3, 2017
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KatyaS
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Planning this trip to Utila whilst still in India, we were a little apprehensive about whether what we were reading online was legitimate or not. But right from the moment we started communicating with Kate Meyer (the Director) about coming to Utila and interning with WSORC, we knew that we were in good hands. We received detailed information about what to expect, and I'm happy to say that it was all pretty accurate! Utila is such a fun island and the perfect place to learn about marine conservation. The intern accommodation was great, and we were really happy that this is included in the program, it's definitely worth it!
We had a great introductory island tour, and a warm welcome dinner with the entire WSORC family. Kate is the most organised person I have ever met, and had all our activities planned out, and checked in with us regularly to discuss what we wanted to do and when. I really appreciate how flexible our schedules were, and how accommodating and understanding Kate was to help us make the most of our time there!
For the first month two months (December & January), we were busy with our IDC and MSDT internship with the College of Diving, and in the final month, decided to focus on WSORC activities. Since we had only planned to stay in Utila for 3months, time was short, and I had to forgo certifying some students (in the MSDT teaching internship that we had signed up for) to do WSORC things. This is my only regret, I wish I had planned to stay a little longer.
However, in my time with WSORC I did manage to: get my lionfish spearing license, learnt to safely hunt, handle, measure and dissect lionfish; participated in the lionfish derby; learnt to identify all fish, coral, and invertebrates; helped cleaning up at the coral nursery (with Dan, who was fantastic!); and ofcourse, participated in a whale shark safari! And we were lucky enough to see a whaleshark!!
It was an incredible three months, learning so many new things and meeting incredible, passionate conservationists. Everyone who was a part of WSORC was so genuine and helpful, and just a very fun group of people to hang out with! We are so happy we chose to do this programme with WSORC, and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
Written March 16, 2017
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Lina Z
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
I participated in their marine conservation internship at WSORC and it was amazing. Not only do I know all the names of fish, invertabrates and corals i also had fun. everyone is really helpful and willing to help you out.
Written August 29, 2016
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Lucinda B
Monterey, California, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
I was lucky enough to participate in the marine conservation internship at WSORC. The knowledge I learned, dives I experienced and incredible people that I worked with made it an amazing and worthwhile opportunity. If you're traveling to Utila, be sure to inquire about the Ocean Safari experience with WSORC- although you are never guaranteed to see a whale shark, there is the possibility of seeing other sea creatures and the certainty of learning interesting information from experienced professionals. I can't say enough good things about my time at WSORC!
Written August 22, 2016
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w0rldtraveler1988
Destin, FL20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
I was lucky enough to intern with WSORC for a month and had an absolute blast. The staff and interns at the center are very knowledgeable about whale sharks, obviously, but other marine life as well. There is also a focus on marine conservation and educational outreach. The Ocean Safaris provide breathtaking views of Utila and the opportunity to swim with the largest, most amazing creatures on the planet. If a whale shark is not spotted you will still get to snorkel the beautiful reefs and soak up the sun. Countless times while searching for whale sharks, we encountered devil rays, huge pods of dolphins and the occasional sea turtle. If you are in Utila, I highly recommend booking an ocean safari through WSORC. You won't regret it.
Written June 25, 2016
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