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ELI-Scientific

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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About ELI-Scientific
ELI-Scientific is a non-profit organization that offers a tour for people who wish to experience a day in marine mammal researcher's life.
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StefanBaW235 wrote a review Feb 2020
Biberach (Riss), Germany65 contributions29 helpful votes
The tour was amazing. We saw dolphins and whales and Joelle explained a lot about the animals and their research.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Nicole wrote a review Sep 2019
11 contributions6 helpful votes
I went with Joelle on one of her scientific researches. I'd been on quite some whale watching tours already, but this was for sure a very special experience. I booked only the night before. Joelle responded almost immediately and it was no problem to join the tour on the next morning. Joelle is very passionate about what she's doing. She started with a short briefing and some information (even gave us a card with all species that can be found here) before we went out by boat. We picked up plastic garbage (floating bottles) and remains of fishing nets which I really appreciated. We saw turtles, dolphins and whales. You might even help collecting / noting down data, take water temperature etc. We got some skin samples after one of the whales had breached. While doing this work, Joelle doesn't have much time to explain, but she's happy to do that afterwards in detail. One lady got really sea sick, Joelle was always asking her and giving advice what to do in order to feel better. Of course she couldn't go back immediately, so you better want to take some pills before you go if you tend to get sea sick. ;-)
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Delilah2010 wrote a review Apr 2018
4 contributions2 helpful votes
I’ve lived here for almost a year, and have to say this was one of the best things San Juan has to offer. We saw 8 Humpback whales not 5 minutes from the bay of town, plus numerous bottle nosed dolphins. The tour is 4 hours and worth the price. The crew is studying the migration, feeding, and breeding habits of the whales. I was just along for the ride. We got to listen to the whales sing, the crew tried to get skin samples from a breech. Was all informative and exciting.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Bev C wrote a review Mar 2018
Okemos, Michigan5 contributions9 helpful votes
We went out with Joelle and her team for an early morning run. The moon was just setting when we arrived at the harbor at first light, so beautiful! It was great to meet the team before we set out. I tend to get sea sick, so I'm glad I came prepared with a patch. I also prepped for a wet sunny ride, so I wore several layers, sunscreen, sunglass and a hat. also brought along a dry sac for my camera and towel. We experienced several whale sightings, dolphins and a turtle. A great experience! Thanks Joelle!
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Juliette D wrote a review Mar 2018
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua28 contributions3 helpful votes
Joelle and her teams has been working hard it has been couple years to keep track on whales & dolphins and help their preservation. Going on a tour with them is not only a good wat to maybe see dolphins and whales but also an opportunity to help different species to survive in the Ocean. Professional & friendly, they will answer all your questions and show you their world. Non lucrative association! Wish you the best
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Date of experience: March 2018
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