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January 15-24, 2018 / Endemic Species of the Revillagigedo Islands

January 15-24, 2018
Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz
Socorro Islands
Endemic Species of the Revillagigedo Islands
$3300 per person, quad occupancy

February 17 – March 1, 2018 / Free Diving Expedition with Fred Buyle & Shark Research

February 17 – March 1, 2018
Free Diving Expedition with Fred Buyle & Dr. James Ketchum
Socorro Islands including Clarion!
Shark Expedition
$3700 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, free diving champion, Fred Buyle and shark specialist, Dr. James Ketchum on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

This expedition is designed specifically for free divers and the primary goal will be to tag hammerhead sharks at greater than 100’. We will also be going to the island of Clarion.

The primary work will be placing tags on sharks, getting photo identification images and sex/size ratios and collecting and replacing receivers.

Fred will be focusing on freediving and shark tagging. Divers can observe and freedivers can assist Fred with his tagging to include safety, carrying underwater slates to collect data, spare tags, taking pictures and videos, etc.

Dr. Ketchum also involves divers in every aspect of his on-board research.

Daily presentations include subjects such as shark behavior, migration, movement and conservation.

Take part as much or as little as you like!

Itinerary

We are very excited to have a unique itinerary for both free divers and scuba divers. Because of the free diving focus, it is imperative that we are flexible to go where conditions are best. We anticipate between 2-3 dives per day along with the free diving. This is the itinerary:

Day 1 – Board the boat between 5pm-7pm / Dinner is served at 7pm / Boat departs San Jose Del Cabo at approximately 10pm
Day 2 – Day at Sea
Day 3 – San Benedicto / 2-3 dives
Day 4 – Socorro / 2-3 dives
Day 5 – Roca Partida / 2-3 dives
Day 6 – Roca Partida / 2 dives – leave for Clarion after the second dive
Day 7 – Clarion / 2-3 dives
Day 8 – Clarion / 2 dives – leave Clarion after second dive
Day 9 – Roca Partida / 2-3 dives
Day 10 – San Benedicto / 2-3 dives
Day 11 – Open – we will go wherever conditions are best, i.e. Clarion or Socorro / 2-3 dives
Day 12 – Day at Sea
Day 13 – Disembark at approximately 8:30am in San Jose Del Cabo

About Fred Buyle

Fred Buyle is a 3 time world-record free diver, underwater photographer and marine conservationist. Fred is the only free diver to have dived at the Geographic North Pole (2005) and Antarctica. Since 2005 he has worked with scientists around the world to field missions in which free diving is paramount, i.e. telemetry studies that involve tagging sharks or researching cetacean acoustics.

 Download the Flyer HERE: Citizen_Science_Frederic_Buyle_2018_rev080217
Read about the 2016 Expedition HERE:  Dive with a Purpose

April 25 – May 4 , 2018 / Shark Research

April 25 – May 4, 2018
Dr. James Ketchum
Socorro Islands
Shark Research Research
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian and Dr. James Ketchum on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

The Revillagigedo Archipelago is filled with over 7 species of sharks, many in unprecedented numbers.

Participate in catching and tagging animals, identification, counts and more.

Enjoy daily presentations on shark ecology, migration, reproduction, and conservation.

Take part as much or as little as you like!

 Download a flyer here:  Citizen_Science_Ketchum_042518_to_050418

May 5 – 14, 2018 / Manta Research

May 5 – 14, 2018
Steph Venables
Socorro Islands
Manta Research
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

The islands of Socorro are one of the wildest and most breathtaking locations to encounter the ocean’s largest rays, the giant Manta Ray. Join researcher Steph Venables and the crew of the Quino El Guardian on this exciting citizen science expedition to meet the gentle giants of Socorro!

Not only will guests get the opportunity to dive and interact with these graceful and inquisitive rays, they will also be gaining in depth knowledge about Manta Rays and contributing to research by helping to collect ID photos of the mantas they encounter. Each manta has a unique spot pattern on its underside that can be used to identify an individual, just like a fingerprint. By keeping photographic records of mantas scientists can build a photographic catalog of the population that can tell us about individuals and the population as a whole.

While onboard, guests will learn how to

• Take identification photos of Manta Rays
• Distinguish between males and females and identify the maturity of an individual
• Recognize different types of manta behavior
• Record environmental conditions
• Process and organize ID photos
• Identify different individuals using their unique spot patterns

Regular evening presentations will give guests a greater insight into Manta Ray biology, ecology and behavior, outline global threats to mantas and describe research and conservation efforts around the world.

Book your spot on this manta-tastic trip for an unforgettable experience in one of the world’s most sought after dive locations!

About Steph Venables

Steph is a marine scientist and Manta Ray researcher with the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) and a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia.

A love of travel and an obsession with the ocean lead her to study marine science at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Steph graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science and a passion for marine conservation. Her postgraduate studies focused on the impact of tourism on Manta Ray behavior in Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia and this lead her to joining MMF in 2014. She has since worked on Manta Ray populations in Mozambique and Indonesia.

Steph’s research focuses on Manta Ray population genetics. Her research uses genetic analysis to gather vital information on population size, structure and connectivity that can be used to further understand populations and guide the development of management and conservation strategies. Although her work focuses on both the Mozambique and Raja Ampat Manta alfredi populations, she is primarily based in Raja Ampat, Indonesia where she co-manages MMF’s regional Manta Ray research project.

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July 29 – August 5, 2018 / The Gulf of California as a Marine Reef Biodiversity Hotspot

July 28 – August 5, 2018
Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz
Sea of Cortez
The Gulf of California as a Marine Reef Biodiversity Hotspot
$2300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz (UABCS) and cDr. Osvaldo Hernandez on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

The Sea of Cortez is a unique area offering a prolific array of life with corals, invertebrates, fishes, whales and other mammals in unprecedented numbers.

Dr. Sanchez has extensive knowledge in most all animal species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in invertebrates, sea fans, gorgonians, and corals. One-third of the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez is in corals. It is amazing how little is known about these animals. We need to learn more so that we can care for and conserve them.

Activities include

– Describing the individual species
– Census monitoring
– Establish the health of the reef
– Human impact study
– Climate impact study
– Collection of plankton and inspection under a microscope (where the food chain begins)

Dr. Sanchez provides indepth knowledge of the area mammals such as whales, dolphins and sea lions as well as whale sharks.

Enjoy daily research projects and presentations to help answer these questions and more:

– How many and what species are in the Gulf of California?
– How many of them are new to Science & how do we describe a new species?
– How the climate change or human impacts are affecting the reefs biodiversity?
– How Taxonomy can save Biodiversity?
– How healthy are the reefs of the Gulf of California?

Research goals include but are not limited to:

– Invertebrates (sponge, corals, and echinoderm) taxonomy to understand their biodiversity
– Invertebrates inventorying to determine their diversity
– Invertebrates and fish tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics
– Invertebrates and fish monitoring to evaluate the health status of the reef ecosystem
– Assessing the economic value of the reef ecosystem conservation.

Take part in as much or as little as you like!

Additional and supporting information can be found here:

http://datamares.ucsd.edu/eng/ – excellent source of scientific information presented in layman terms

September 9 – 21, 2018 / Marine Life & Reef Fishes of the Gulf of California

September 9 – 21, 2018
Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz
Explore Baja
Marine Life & Reef Fishes of the Gulf of California
$3750 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz (UABCS) and cDr. Remy Gatyns (University California, Santa Cruz, top Ph.D. student in ecology and genetics of fishes) on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

Baja is a unique area offering a prolific array of life with corals, invertebrates, fishes, whales and other mammals in unprecedented numbers.

Dr. Sanchez has extensive knowledge in almost all animal species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in invertebrates, sea fans, gorgonians, and corals. One-third of the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez is in corals. It is amazing how little is known about these animals. We need to learn more so that we can care for and conserve them.

Activities include

– Describing the individual species
– Census monitoring
– Establish the health of the reef
– Human impact study
– Climate impact study
– Collection of plankton and inspection under a microscope (where the food chain begins)

Dr. Sanchez provides in-depth knowledge of the area mammals such as whales, dolphins and sea lions as well as whale sharks.

Enjoy daily research projects and presentations to help answer these questions and more:

– How many and what species are in the Gulf of California?
– How many of them are new to Science & how do we describe a new species?
– How the climate change or human impacts are affecting the reefs biodiversity?
– How Taxonomy can save Biodiversity?
– How healthy are the reefs of the Gulf of California?

Research goals include but are not limited to:

– Invertebrates (sponge, corals, and echinoderm) taxonomy to understand their biodiversity
– Invertebrates inventorying to determine their diversity
– Invertebrates and fish tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics
– Invertebrates and fish monitoring to evaluate the health status of the reef ecosystem
– Assessing the economic value of the reef ecosystem conservation.

Take part in as much or as little as you like!

Additional and supporting information can be found here:

http://datamares.ucsd.edu/eng/ – excellent source of scientific information presented in layman terms

Facebook: PFA UABCS

September 23 – October 5, 2018 / Wonders of the Seas: Echinoderm Diversity of Baja and the Sea of Cortez

September 23 – October 5, 2018
Explore Baja
Dr. Francisco Solis A Marin
$3750 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

You will never look at Sea Stars and Sea Cucumbers the same again!

Dr. Francisco Alonso Solís Marín is a research Specialist in Echinoderms (Sea stars, Sea cucumbers, Sea Urchins, Sea Lilies and Allies) and Taxonomists. He is Chief Curator of the Echinoderm National Collection, Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has extensive knowledge in echinoderm species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in their systematics.

He is currently director of the Research Program for exploring and listing Echinoderm Biodiversity in Mexico, developing studies on:

A) Biodiversity in different ecosystems (Marine and Anchialine Caves) and description of new species

B) Ecology of Echinoderm communities

C) Evaluation of the health status of the principal heavily exploited Echinoderm communities in the Sea of Cortez

This unique trip will help to answer many questions including:

– How did the Echinoderm Taxonomy Studies of the Gulf of California begin?

– Why the Echinoderm diversity and unique species composition in the Sea of Cortez?

– What to do when we discover a new species?

– Why is exploring marine biodiversity still a big task to complete?

As an expert in Echinoderms, Dr. Francisco Solis will take you on a journey of taxonomy and evolutionary discovery, talking on shocking new discoveries about Echinoderms – you will never see Sea Stars and Sea Cucumbers the same again!

He will discuss how the biodiversity of Echinoderms in the Sea of Cortez is still reveling new species. Dr. Solís will share his knowledge on Echinoderm Taxonomy and Biology and how to describe new species.

The principal goal of the expedition will be to explore and document the Echinoderm diversity of the Gulf of California in its different habitats.

Activities include:

– Collect and prepare an echinoderm specimen for its use in a Natural History Collection

– Echinoderm tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics

– Describing an individual species, inspection under a microscope to reveal the use of Echinoderm’s microstructures to reveal the name of the species

– Echinoderm inventorying to determine their diversity

– Document Sea Star behavior

– Collection of Echinoderm larvae in the plankton

Joining Dr. Solis will be Yuri Hooker from the Peru (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heridia, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas y Fisiológicas, Lima, Peru)

October 7-14, 2018 / The Aquarium of the World: Marine Reef Biodiversity

October 7-14, 2018
Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz
Southern Safari
The Aquarium of the World: Marine Reef Biodiversity
$2300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz (UABCS) and Dr. Jaime Gomez Gutirerez (CICIMAR, Mexico) on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

Baja is a unique area offering a prolific array of life with corals, invertebrates, fishes, whales and other mammals in unprecedented numbers.

Dr. Sanchez has extensive knowledge in most all animal species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in invertebrates, sea fans, gorgonians, and corals. One-third of the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez is in corals. It is amazing how little is known about these animals. We need to learn more so that we can care for and conserve them.

Dr. Jaime Gomez Gutirerez is a top expert in marine ecology invertebrates and biodiversity – mainly in Zooplankton and plankton production.

Activities include

– Describing the individual species
– Census monitoring
– Establish the health of the reef
– Human impact study
– Climate impact study
– Collection of plankton and inspection under a microscope (where the food chain begins)

Dr. Sanchez provides in-depth knowledge of the area mammals such as whales, dolphins and sea lions as well as whale sharks.

Enjoy daily research projects and presentations to help answer these questions and more:

– Why did Jacques Cousteau once call the Sea of Cortez the Aquarium of the World?- Why is the Gulf of California so productive?
– How many and what species are in the Gulf of California?
– How healthy is Cabo Pulmo reef?
– How the climate change or human impacts are affecting the biodiversity of the reef?

Research goals include but are not limited to:

– Invertebrates (sponge, corals, and echinoderm) taxonomy to understand their biodiversity
– Invertebrates inventorying to determine their diversity
– Invertebrates and fish tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics
– Invertebrates and fish monitoring to evaluate the health status of the reef ecosystem
– Assessing the economic value of the reef ecosystem conservation.

Take part in as much or as little as you like!

Additional and supporting information can be found here:

http://datamares.ucsd.edu/eng/ – excellent source of scientific information presented in layman terms

November 6 – 15, 2018 / To Be Advised

November 6 – 15, 2018
Socorro
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Details coming soon!

 

November 16 – 25, 2018 / To Be Advised

November 16 – 25, 2018
Socorro
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Details coming soon!

 

November 26 – December 5, 2018 / To Be Advised

November 26 – December 5, 2018
Socorro
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Details coming soon!

 

December 7 – 16, 2018 / To Be Advised

December 7 – 16, 2018
Socorro
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip