Oceanic Society Expeditions
Since 1969, Oceanic Society has been inspiring and empowering people worldwide to take part in building a healthy future for the world’s oceans. The organization offers ocean-based expeditions, volunteer trips, and whale watching excursions around the world, in addition to innovative conservation programs like State of the World's Turtles and Blue Habits, which aims to motivate travelers to adopt ocean-friendly lifestyles. SEE Turtles is proud to be part of the Oceanic Society family since 2014.
Learn more about Oceanic Society's expeditions:
Whales of Guerrero Research project
As a citizen scientist with this research project, you will work alongside American and Mexican scientists and local fishermen to spot, identify, and make scientific observations of humpback whales and any of four species of dolphins found in the area. Participants will come away with a wealth of knowledge about humpback whale behavior and biology as well as the unique experience of being a part of a truly pioneering project. Should sea turtle nests hatch during the week we will be invited to visit the Ayotcalli Field Camp, which protects turtle eggs from predation and shepherds newborn baby turtles to the sea as a night time activity.
Dates: February 1 - 8 / 18 - 25 / 29 - March 7
Price: From $2,550 per person
Ulithi Atoll Community Conservation Program
Participants will have the opportunity to meet with community members and learn about their work, as well as to accompany scientists to study sites to collect data on coral reefs and sea turtles. As a volunteer on this program, you will be trained in data collection methods, and will learn how research findings are translated into management action guidelines. Coral reef data will be collected via snorkeling, and sea turtle data will be collected through nighttime and early morning beach patrols. In this hands-on volunteer program, you will accompany researchers to patrol the beaches at night and in the early morning to assess sea turtle nesting activity. Specific tasks include collecting biological data, measuring turtle length and width, checking flippers for external tags, as well as helping with recovery efforts such as rescuing hatchlings stuck in collapsed nests.
2016 Prices & Dates: TBD
Florida Manatees and Endangered Habitats
Oceanic Society is excited to partner with conservation biologist Samantha Whitcraft to bring you this unique, educational experience with Florida's manatees and vanishing ecosystems. The highlight of the adventure will be two mornings spent snorkeling alongside large congregations of Florida's endangered manatees, in the crystal clear springs that they rely on in the winter months. Afternoons and additional days will include exploring the grounds of Espedeco tree farm and naturalist guided canoeing or airboat excursions. This program is designed to integrate the experience of viewing manatees in the wild with opportunities to learn about how that ability is dependent on the preservation of the native ecology of the region. The program leader will provide natural history and ecology lectures on the other evenings.
Dates: Jan 13 - 17, 2015 (sold out) / 2016 dates coming soon
Price: $1,395 pp