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Saskia wrote a review Oct. 2019
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Mériscope gave me the unique opportunity to do a student research project for my master’s program with a great team. I stayed in Portneuf-sur-mer for seven weeks between July and August without one single boring day. During my time, Dany and Jackie have not just been my colleagues, but my friends and family as well. We worked together, we lived together, we cooked and ate together, and in the evenings we spent time at the campfire or watched movies. Every day was full of fun and laughter. For me, the boat trips were the most amazing experience. When the weather was fine, we spent at least five up to eight hours on the zodiac watching Minke whales, Humpback Whales, Fin whales, Belugas, Harboir porpoises and other species. Dany and Jackie are very talented drivers. They know exactly where to find these animals and how they will behave. However, they keep enough distance and slow down when a whale is seen, because they respect these fascinating animals. Every single boat trip was an amazing and unique adventure. Both on the boat and at home Dany gave us a lot of information and lectures. He can literally answer every question and I have learned so much about the St. Lawrence, the whale’s physiology and evolution, Canada, Antarctica, everything actually. When the weather was not good enough to go out with the zodiac, we also visited a national park and a museum, went for a swim in a beautiful lake, picked blueberries or spent time at home working on our projects. For me it was the best experience ever. Dany and Jackie made my dreams come true. They are a great team and I wish them only the best for the future.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Sabine B wrote a review Oct. 2019
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This is my 5th time visiting Meriscope and I always LOVE it. The team is very caring, knowledgable and a lot of fun to be with. We went out on the water and saw Minke whales, Finn whales, and Humpback whales. You are in a small group and Dany respects the animals and knows exactly how to approach them so that they are not scared. It's an experience that I can't describe in words, you have to see it.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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santiagok129 wrote a review Sep. 2019
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I stayed at Mériscope for 4 weeks with a group of students and attended with the MérisCool course. I can only say it was one of my best experience. With Dany, Jackie and the whole team you feel more like a family with a lot of relatives, which are visiting because every week there are some friends coming over visiting us. The house has got an incredible view for the sunrise over the sea. Also one of the best things are the campfire evenings with good food good people and Dany telling us stories of his life and his knowledge. When you go there be prepared to come back home with a big knowledge, because I never learned so much within a month than with Mériscope. With MérisCool they gave us so many interesting presentations about the Antarctica, Diving adaptations with marine mammals, Bioacoustics and many more. Now all my friends ask me out all the time about those themes and are jealous ;-). On the zodiac you have a great mix of jokes and fun all the time with many whale sightings and 100% concentration when it gets serious. They are very professional you notice that all the time. With them you are living your best life and know what it means when you love your job. Great people, great whales, great experience.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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alina.s. wrote a review Sep. 2019
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I stayed at the Mériscope-station for four weeks. The MériSchool-course I attended was not only well organized it also gave me the opportunity to gain knowledge in marine biology. The team members were lovely, open-minded and motivated people who had the desire to give us students unforgettabable moments for a lifetime. If the weather conditions were good enough, we went with the zodiac on the water for about 5-8 hours. One of the most incredible moments was when we could see a breaching humpback whale. It literally blowed my mind. After a long day we were often sitting around the bonfire at the Mériscope-station. I definitely recommend a stay at Mériscope to people, who have a heart for marine mammals and for the nature.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Anna Z wrote a review Aug. 2018
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I stayed for 2 weeks at the meriscope with 5 other students. Everyone was really friendly and made you feel at home. During the 2 weeks we went out on the zodiac about 5 times. The outings lasted 5-8 hour and we got to see lots of different species from up close. It was amazing and each outing had something new and surprising. The days we didn't go on the zodiac because of the weather no being good enough, we had very interesting courses about whales and how they are affected in the environnement (micro plastics, belugas of the st laurence, the antarctic, etc.). I feel like I learned a lot during these 2 weeks and had a unique experience so I would recommend meriscope to anyone who is curious and who wants to learn and live new things !
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Date of experience: August 2018
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