As many of you know, Oceanographic Expeditions suffered a monumental setback in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina destroyed our office and much of our Marine data. Luckily much of our coral growth, shark tagging, and lobster data had already been integrated by scientists and researchers into global databanks around the world. Since then, we have changed to a more land based focus, exploring the planet’s wild areas and forming new alliances with wildlife conservation foundations and preservationists in Central America, Asia, and Africa.
Over the past several years we have helped established marine parks and helped develop conservation research programs in Palau, Yap, and Chole Minjini Marine Park in Tanzania. In 2011, we led teams to Egypt and visited remote seamounts in the Red Sea to study changes in sea life due to Egypt's extensive coastline development.
In 2010, we began our collaboration with renowned conservationist and artist, Anne London. Anne’s involvement with, and support of, endangered land species and predators paralleled our own efforts with endangered marine species and marine predators. It became readily apparent that we had many common interests and goals as well as mutual friends in wildlife preservation efforts across the planet. Today, together, we visit the most remote, pristine areas of our planet with friends in hopes to facilitate a better understanding of our planets wildlife and cultures.
Our focus has continued to evolve from diving and water related expeditions to land-based expeditions and safaris involving both divers and non-divers in wildlife conservation efforts and interaction with wildlife in primitive remote areas. Of course we will always follow the critical importance of water and aquatic life wherever we journey.
Over the past 17 years, Oceanographic Expeditions teams organized and conducted the 1st hemispheric study of mass coral spawning, developed the 1st electronic shark tagging program and established groundbreaking tagging studies on Caribbean lobster populations in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
Our increased environmental activities in Africa have led to successes in white shark studies in South Africa, support of protected marine parks in South Africa and Tanzania and improved the lives of Masi villagers. Oceanographic Expeditions teams have contributed well over $10 million to conservation research since our 1st expedition in 1994. Each year through collaboration with other conservation activists here and in Africa, we will offer opportunities to help cheetah, rhino, and elephant species preservation efforts.
Our expeditions to Africa and Asia allow our teams to examine interesting cultures and geographic differences as well as provide exceptional wildlife interaction opportunities. Our focus continues to be your personal growth and better understanding of the “human position” on this fragile planet. By learning the stories behind the series we see on the news and on television we can feel a more positive part of the environment itself and, through this intimacy, use our individual talents to help those environments remain viable.
We believe this knowledge, gained personally and in furtherance of man's understanding of our planet's limited resources and endangered wildlife, can help each of us in our quest for individual piece and harmony. I hope the sharing of our adventures can enhance the value of your life and facilitate your involvement in making the earth a better place for future generations.