Follow the life and migration patterns of whales.
What does a Whale Biologist do?
A highly specialized Marine Biologist, a Whale Biologist is a Scientist who studies the life patterns and migrations of various, or possibly specific, species of whales. A Whale Biologist takes on the role of Conservationist, and his or her work is vital to protecting the mammals of the sea. As a Whale Biologist, you’re also a researcher, studying the way whales fit into the world’s ecosystem.
Your research is based on tracking and recording data on certain whales and their migrations. Oftentimes, this means getting into the water in order to attach tagging devices. Therefore, you’re also a certified Scuba Diver.
Furthermore, as the whales move, you may have to follow. Part of your work is to advocate for conservation, and the collection and analysis of data is vital to success in securing funding for marine preservation efforts.
As an expert in the field, you direct the research projects. Eager grad students want to secure a position on your team in order to gain firsthand experience in marine research. However, projects require funding, so you network to find or apply for grants. Universities are your best resource for funding and supporting your work, and this entails teaching classes and giving those institutions credit for your work.
This is a job driven by a desire to do good and a love for the ocean’s mammals. While you don’t often handle whales as a Caretaker, you may occasionally interact with these aquatic giants on your mission to ensure their health and well-being.