“On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future (World Oceans Day:2019).”
WHY CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY?
A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. According to World Oceans Day (2019), the ocean is important because it:
- Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
- Helps feed us
- Regulates our climate
- Cleans the water we drink
- Offers a pharmacopoeia of medicines
- Provides limitless inspiration!
According to WORLD OCEANS DAY, this is what YOU can do:
- Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
- Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
- Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
- Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.
How YOU can conserve OUR marine life with Worldwide Experience:
Volunteer to help conserve whale sharks and other marine wildlife in Mozambique. You will learn to scuba dive through completing a PADI Open Water Dive course, enabling you to assist with coral reef research. You will also join boat trips to assist with research of marine megafauna. All data is being used to lobby for the establishment of a Marine Protected Area, ensuring a more promising future for threatened species like whale sharks, Manta rays and the famous Humpback whales.
Located in Port Elizabeth, the ‘Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World’ and home to the largest breeding colony of the endangered African Penguin, our unique volunteering internship encompassing social responsibility, adventure, marine life and practical training (with internationally accepted certificates) offers you a chance to expand your horizons as a qualified marine guide, and make a real impact for marine life including the ‘Marine Big 5’ – whales sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins.
As an ocean research volunteer, you will join the drive for the establishment of a “Marine Park” in order to manage this area in a sustainable manner, and in the process experience the community, culture and environment in a way more intimate than most visitors. The region is home to some of the world’s most fascinating marine species, including Southern Right whales, Humpback whales, Brydes whales, Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins, Great White Sharks, and Orcas (killer whales).
Gain first-hand experience working for an eco-tourism operation while volunteering to conserve the Great White Shark and other marine wildlife. We specialize in the “Marine Big 5” experience in the quest to find whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, and African penguins on each trip. Work alongside our biologists on these trips as they conduct specific research projects on the behaviour and biology of Great White Sharks.