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Marine Biology: Whale Watch

One-Week Summer Science Program 2024

BioSTEM Award, 2018, J&J • Top Summer Science Program, 2011-Present, NY Times/ • Top Robotics Program, 2017, RoboLoco • Best Medicine Program, 2018, ParentMap • Top Biomedical Engineering, • Top 101 Summer Camps & Programs, • #1 Marine Bio, 2022, ThomasNet, Xometry • Top Summer Programs, 2023,  •  Best Computer Science, 2023,

 Did you know that the Boston area is home to humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, and even the critically endangered right whales? Come to Boston for one of your first weeks of summer to track down these incredible animals!

How cool are these creatures?! Did you know that a 60,000 pound whale can jump fully out of the water? Or that humpback whales don’t eat for 5-7 months out of the year, instead living off of their fat reserves? Here’s a fun one! Beluga whales are called the “canaries of the sea” because they communicate using whistles and chirps. And there’s so much more to learn!

This class won’t focus only on whales. You’ll explore a variety of marine life that New England is known for while getting plenty of hands-on experience. You may work with models to study anatomy, listen to and learn to identify sounds made by various whales and marine mammals, adopt a whale and follow whale movements, and much more. Students can also learn about current research being conducted by prominent organizations with research and preservation missions.

Students do research on a boardwalk in Boston in the Marine Biology three-week summer science program


June 17-22, 2024 – Olin/Wellesley, MA  

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Students will also explore cutting edge research on the amazing features of other marine mammals such as seals, dolphins, and manatees and be a part of the most innovative current efforts to protect these marvelous creatures. 

There’s nothing like a cruise around the Boston area during peak season. Enjoy the rest of your week in the lab, in the field, and exploring Marine Biology excitement that only New England has to offer!

Instructor: Duaa Ahmed

Ms. Ahmed is pursuing a DVM at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She is also a Veterinary Technician at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Ms. Ahmed graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics, with a minor in Anthropology. During her time at BU, she worked at the Marine Lab performing tasks to ensure the health of the clownfish laboratory specimens which included feeding, cleaning, egg checks, and water quality control. She is passionate about environmental and animal conservation. 

Student Comments from Summer 2023

‘My teacher was very nice and made the class fun, laid-back, very interactive, and super informational. I would recommend for anyone who enjoys marine bio to this class and teacher. I loved traveling to Boston to whale watch!’

‘My teacher (Marco) was very nice and patient. He made learning fun and engaging. I really enjoyed the program and had an excellent time meeting new friends and having fun.’
‘It was super fun and informative. Marco was very understanding and a very good teacher. The whale watch was very fun. Overall, I learned a lot at this camp.’

Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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