PADI AWARE / SSI Marine Mammal Ecology Specialty Diver



Most people think of whales and dolphins as the stars of the marine mammal world but there are more animals to this group than just these fast swimming cetaceans. Pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), sea otters, and manatees are some of the other beautiful yet exciting marine mammals to see while scuba diving. These other marine mammal species can be found in a variety of locations throughout the world from the warm tropics all the way to the chilly poles. You’ll learn more about the causes of declining marine mammal populations and the actions you can take to become a knowledgeable and passionate marine mammal defender. By being informed, you can dispel misconceptions and act to protect marine mammals.

Mission Statement

Do you have a passion to save the ocean and the marine animals that call it their home? Does the thought of diving with whales fascinate you? Do you want to learn more about the ecology, biology, and conservation of marine mammals? The Marine Mammal Ecology program introduces you to the wonders of these amazing creatures. Dive into the world of whales, dolphins, and seals to explore this amazingly diverse group of marine animals. In this program, you will learn what makes marine mammals distinct from land mammals, discover where they live, explore their physiology, and how to identify various species. You will also learn about marine mammal conservation – a great way to help save the ocean. What are you waiting for? Start your Marine Mammal Ecology training online today!

Sea mammals, in particular, have evolved to take advantage of how well and far sound can travel under water, and to compensate for poor visibility in the dark deep.
-  Tatiana Schlossberg
Courses Included

PADI AWARE / SSI Marine Mammal Ecology Specialty Diver

Age Requirements

Min Dive Experience

Dive Equipment


Course Type

Theory and 2 Dives, Theory Only

Explore Marine Expeditions

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