Monday, March 26, 2012
Oceanicallstars Wild Dolphin & Shark Freediving Encounter
WILD DOLPHIN & SHARK FREEDIVING ENCOUNTER 2012
August 12-17, 2012
Bimini, The Bahamas
The dolphin grounds off the coast of Bimini in the Bahamas are home to a natural aggregation of Atlantic Spotted & Bottlenose dolphins. Spend hours in the water and interact with these curious and playful creatures. Spend a day at Bimini’s own Stingray City and explore pristine reefs.
Duncan & Jillian are marine biologists that have spent thousands of hours in the water with sharks and dolphins. Let them share this amazing underwater world with you. This adventure will include UW photo & video, dolphin and shark conservation seminars .The emphasis of this trip is ocean conservation and will also include a reef shark snorkel and visit to the world renowned Bimini Biological Field Station ( Sharklab).
August 11: Guests fly to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Stay the night.
August 12: Guests Fly from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini ( Morning flight on Pioneer Airline )
Guests join boat mid day. Boat orientation
Sharklab afternoon. Guest get gear fitted
Evening dolphin conservation seminar
August 13: Full day of dolphins
Evening shark conservation Seminar
August 14: Full day of dolphins and reef shark snorkel
Evening Underwater Photo & Video Seminar
August 15: Coral reef snorkel, Gulf Stream freediving & Stingray encounter
Evening discussion about ocean conservation and what people can do
August 16: Full Day of Dolphins
August 17: Guests watch trip video and depart vessel mid day
This is a tentative schedule that may be adjusted due to weather *
This is a freediving trip. No scuba. **
No snorkeling experience necessary ***
This is a liveaboard trip ****
Ensuite room aboard the M/V Indigo
Freediving mask, fins & snorkel
Weights & weight belts
3 meals a day plus snacks( vegan & vegetarian available)*
Underwater Photo/Video & Ocean Conservation Seminars
Roundtrip Flight to Bimini ( Pioneer Air around $250 US roundtrip)
Hotel in Fort Lauderdale ( special rate available)
*Meal on the island ( evening on shore)
Donation for Sharklab tour ( $10 is suggested)
Alcoholic beverages or soda
Bahamas departure tax ( $20 US)
MEET THE CREW:
Duncan has traveled, photographed and filmed, extensively throughout the world, from fighting bull elephant seals on the Antarctic Island of South Georgia to 4m tiger sharks in the crystal blue waters off Grand Bahama. After graduating in Marine Biology from Stirling University in Scotland, Duncan combined his passion for photography and film with his love for the ocean. He spent a couple of years in Scotland, studying, photographing and filming the fresh water habitats before learning the art of underwater film while working at The Underwater Centre in Fort Williams.
He then braved the elements of the South Atlantic for 3 years working from the Falkland Islands down to Antarctica, as a marine biologist and freelance cameraman. Duncan then defrosted by venturing up to work as the Media Operations manager and assistant lab manager for the world renowned Bimini Biological Field Station, Shark Lab, where he gained thousands of hours of experience in the water working with, photographing and filming sharks in their natural habitats.
Duncan has filmed for BBC, ESPN, Animal Planet, Discovery and National Geographic. He started the conservation media company OceanicAllstars and is an avid freediver.
Jillian has spent thousands of hours in the field working with sharks across the globe. As a researcher she has tagged hundreds of sharks from the pristine waters of the Bahamas to the wilds of northwest Australia. She has also spent hundreds of hours in the water with the wild dolphins of Bimini and graduated from University of New England with a degree in Animal Behavior.
Jillian has been on camera for numerous conservation shorts, television programs and TV pilots. As an active shark conservationist she writes for publications across the globe as well as developing curriculum for shark education programs. She was cited by Shark Diver Magazine as one of the top 5 woman shark conservationists in the world. She was recently featured in Woman’s Adventure Magazine.
As the executive director of OceanicAllstars, she has combined her passion for the ocean and her love of film & photography. Imagery acts as a powerful tool in the fight to educate the public on why our oceans need help. They give people a chance to see what lies beneath the surface, a chance to understand. She has filmed for National Geographic, BBC, E!, ESPN, Discovery and recently returned from filming Animal Planet’s Whale Wars in Antarctica. Jillian is an avid freediver.
For more information or to book your trip please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
**$500.00 Deposit due upon booking. ( Due by June 1, 2012)