Would you ever imagine that counting dolphins are an actual job? No? Well, meet Sanne Wesselman from Spend Life Traveling Blog.
Born and raised in The Netherlands. As soon as she could leave the country to explore the rest of the world she did.
She has worked and volunteered in more than 10 countries all over the world and travelled to much more and she was counting dolphins on a project in Mauritius.
Photo Story: Mauritius Marine Conservation Society
I spent a month volunteering at the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society. My main task was basically “counting dolphins”.
Every morning at sunrise we took out the boat to search for the dolphins that call the waters around the island home.
Groups of 100 spinner dolphins would greet us with their enthusiastic jumps and flips.
Most of our mornings were spent studying their behaviour, taking notes and taking pictures.
It’s truly amazing to see such large numbers of these incredible animals. Especially early in the morning when the water is calm and the splashing of the dolphins is the only sound you hear.
Unfortunately, we weren’t the only ones interested in the dolphins. Large groups of tourists would arrive soon after us.
Often on noisy boats, screaming and shouting enthusiastically as they see another spinner dolphin jumping out of the water.
On a single morning, we could observe over 20 boats, packed with tourists, around the dolphins.
What effects this has on the dolphin population, and if it will harm them long term, is exactly what the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society was researching during my time there with the limited resources they had available.
In the few weeks, I spent there I learnt a lot about marine conservation but also about life on the beautiful, very diverse island of Mauritius. I got to work and socialise with some very interesting people.
Over the years I have had several volunteer jobs in countries ranging from India to Guatemala.
Although of course, we all have to pay our bills (or plane tickets), and mainly because of that I haven’t volunteered half as often as I would like.
The few times I did find the time and resources to help out somewhere as a volunteer all have been amazing and unique experiences.
Volunteering really is a great opportunity: not only are you supporting a good cause, you also get to experience a different world, see how differently people live and what challenges they face.
Much more than when you are just travelling you will feel part of the local community…
The Mauritius Marine Conservation Society is a Non-Government Organisation which has been operating for more than 30 years in Mauritius, focusing on the education about and conservation of the marine environment in Mauritius.
We are actively working to raise awareness amongst the people of Mauritius of the rich marine resources, the core objective being the protection of marine mammals and coral reefs.
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