Whale rehab volunteers enticed with deals

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Several Key Largo, Fla., hotels are offering reduced-rate accommodations for visitors who want to join round-the-clock efforts to rehabilitate three surviving pilot whales convalescing at the Florida Keys-based Marine Mammal Conservancy.

The “voluntourism” initiative is being aided with specially priced $69 (plus tax) per night rooms for visitors who sign up as volunteers.

When the traveler completes at least one four-hour shift, Marine Mammal Conservancy representatives will award the traveler a voucher. The voucher is good for the traveler’s stay for up to five days Sunday night through Thursday night, and must be presented to the hotel in order to receive the special rate.

The accommodations list also is available at www.fla-keys.com/volunteer and more properties might be added in the future.

Click here to learn about becoming a Marine Mammal Conservancy volunteer and click here to read one volunteer’s experience with the pilot whales.