Whale Research Tourism Expeditions
Immerse yourself in the marine mammal fieldwork that MICS has conducted for 40 years!
NOTE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
For the first time in 42 years, MICS remained closed during the 2020 summer field season due to the global covid-19 situation. We are now in preparation for our 2021 field season and we hope to be able to conduct our research season from June on, while respecting the best work conditions for our staff, partners and for the people from the local community.
Nevertheless, we have decided to suspend all our education programs again in 2021, including our Whale Research weeks, because we will have a reduced field team and we will focus all our efforts on research. We hope to be able to welcome you back in all our programs during the summer 2022!
Every year, MICS offers the public the unique opportunity to participate and immerse themselves in their research on marine mammals in the form of ecotourism expeditions known as “research sessions”.
These expeditions are the cornerstone of our education programs, during which nature enthusiasts can participate in our studies and observe the world's largest animals. We offer one-week or two-week research sessions at various study sites throughout the North Atlantic where participants get to experience the life of a whale researcher first hand alongside our field team.
Participants become "research apprentices" who learn and use different techniques employed by biologists who study cetaceans in the field. This is a unique educational experience and adventure for nature lovers who wish to gain extensive knowledge of cetaceans and our research techniques while funding our long-term research.
Two participants watch a humpback whale about to dive
Our adventures offer the public the opportunity to escape to the solitude of the sea and immerse themselves in an educational adventure.
We are certain that experiencing the graceful breach of a 40-ton humpback whale, a close encounter with an 85-foot blue whale, or being engulfed in a group of 500 Atlantic white-sided dolphins will leave a lasting impression.
All MICS Research Adventures include room and board!
Locations - Discover where you can join us in the North Atlantic
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Practical Information - Gather all the information you need to know before coming
The research team and participants approaching a fin whale for photo-identification
Your Vacation Benefits Research and Conservation
The research sessions we offer provide us with the funds needed to carry out field studies in the immediate Mingan/Anticosti study area, the St. Lawrence Estuary, and beyond to the Azores. By participating in our research sessions you support our work financially and contribute directly to various aspects of the fieldwork.
Our Research Tourism expeditions have been featured in the International Whaling Commission's Whale Watching Handbook as a case study for best practise!
ATTENTION: For health and safety reasons, we cannot accept pregnant women or children under 12 years of age. Please note that navigation onboard our boats is not recommended for people suffering from severe backache.
A right whale surfaces close to the boat