The status of conservation on Utila   Recently updated !

Which conservation organisations operate on Utila?   As a Marine Conservation Intern with the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Centre (WSORC), I have had many opportunities over the past three weeks to participate in a variety of different conservation initiatives. There are lots of different conservation organizations on Utila, both long […]



Why you should learn to fish ID   Recently updated !

Do you know the difference between a rock hind and a graysby grouper? Or a longspine and a reef squirrelfish? . Well, before the start of my time as an intern at WSORC in Utila, I definitely could not…. My fish identification skills consisted of anything I had picked up […]

How to Spot a Whale Shark

A number of months ago I decided to take some time out of corporate life and volunteer for 4 weeks at the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Centre (WSORC) on Utila. In the lead up I was extremely excited about getting the chance to swim with whale sharks. . I realised when […]

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The Art Of Duck Diving

The first time I tried to duck dive, Mark, our Volunteer Coordinator, took us all out to Coral View to practice our snorkelling technique for CoralWatch surveys. For the surveys we have to assess the coral to see how much bleaching is occurring in the area. We duck dive down […]

Learning to Lionfish

We’ve come to the end of another fun and busy week here with WSORC as we start our ocean safaris, beach clean ups and research dives! We’ve been improving our duck diving technique and are getting better at fish identification on the coralwatch surveys, whilst obtaining important information on the health […]



My First Day on Utila

After 36 hours, 4 planes, weather delays, uncomfortable airport stopovers and a serious lack of vegetarian food I finally found myself touching down on Utila’s ‘airport’ runway… When I say airport I mean more glorified shed but none the less as soon as I left the 6 seater plane I […]


Saving the Swamper   Recently updated !

Volunteering at the whale shark centre is full of surprises…while we are working for the conservation of ‘the gentle giant’ there are other people putting a lot of effort into keeping a real taste of the island by taking care of species endemic to Utila, the spiny tailed “swamper” iguana. […]

Development on Utila: How will it affect the island?

Since its early history as a pirate refuge to its modern day status as a hangout for expatriates and adventurous travelers, Utila has been a place for people looking to escape reality…or at least find a new one. Nestled in its own remote corner of the Caribbean Sea, Utila has […]