One Ocean Expeditions enables more world-class scientific research than ever before.
Over the last decade, we have established long-term, meaningful partnerships with universities and nationally accredited scientific organizations, providing over 120 days per vessel per year, to carefully selected partners. By combining passenger tourism with meaningful scientific research we create an incredible opportunity, for those interested, to engage. The more opportunities we provide for guests to engage with scientists through conversations and presentations, the more ambassadors for those sensitive regions we create.
This Arctic season, we refine the scientific technology onboard by providing high calibre microscopes, allowing staff from long-term partner, Ocean Wise, and guests, the opportunity to study rare, often inaccessible variations of small sea creatures.
In August of this year, Ocean Wise’ cold water divers will educate and create awareness around marine ecosystems as they begin the first ever permitted dives in special areas of the Canadian Arctic. The data gained will go towards the creation of an international DNA catalogue program showcasing the diversity of specimens from the ocean floor. Guests will have the unique opportunity to view and handle select specimens in the onboard touch tanks – shallow water tables provided for study and engagement.
Our guests will have more opportunity than ever before to be involved with real scientific programs taking place on our voyages in the polar regions and beyond. Trained One Ocean Expeditions’ staff will be offering guests the opportunity to use mechanical sieves, analyzing the contents of non-filtered sea water as it passes through each tier of netting and mesh, in the search for microplastics.
We currently support the use of wet lab space on each vessel, a dedicated area for microplastics sampling, enhancing the capacity to support government and research partners’ mandates. For the last 3 years, we have supported nationally accredited research into microplastics in the ocean conducted on board by the Coastal Ocean Research Institute at Ocean Wise.
This past year, for the first time ever, Ocean Wise was able to conduct sampling below the Antarctic convergence onboard with us, to assess how prevalent the problem of microplastics really is. Data collected from this research study will directly contribute to Ocean Wise’s education and awareness initiatives while informing government and influencing policy.
CALIFORNIA OCEAN ALLIANCE
In another world first this year, Dr. Ari Friedlaender, director within California Ocean Alliance (Nationally Accredited World Class Ocean Research) led the first successful suction cup video tagging of a minke whale in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica, whilst on board with One Ocean Expeditions.
Oceanites, another valued scientific partner of One Ocean Expeditions will be conducting their 25th annual site inventory in Antarctica this season, tracking penguin populations and environmental change onboard with One Ocean Expeditions.
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