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Biology Major Collects Data to Help Endangered Whales

Julia Thulander '20 is spending her summer collecting data on whales through an internship with Blue Ocean Society. Most of her days are spent on whale watch boat tours.

Julia Thulandder '20

Video by Joe O'Neill

Affirming her future goals, Julia Thulander '20 is having a whale of a time at her internship

Some people escape to the coast during the summer months, and Julia Thulander '20 (biology) is one of them—but not because she needed a vacation. 

She's spending her summer collecting data on whales through an internship with Blue Ocean Society. As an intern for the marine conservation nonprofit, she observes ocean life from a whale-watching boat off the coasts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. In this video, Thulander observes and records the movements of two humpback whales in an area of the Gulf of Maine known as Jeffreys Ledge. 

"After taking this internship in marine biology, I have for sure decided what I want to do with my life and go into this field," she says. "It also gave me a really great opportunity to see the efforts being made to protect these animals."

Thulander's internship experience at Blue Ocean Society is supported by a Dickinson internship grant. Learn more about internships at Dickinson.

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Published August 20, 2018