March 5, 1989
The article "Dolphins 'Ask' to Be Fed by People at West Australia Beach" (Feb. 19), by Lyn Hancock, on Monkey Mia, reminded me of my wonderful two-day stay in the Shark Bay area of western Australia in November, 1987. The close contact with these friendly bottlenose dolphins is truly a unique experience. Although the article listed only Australian firms going to this area, I would like to inform readers that there is an American firm, Oceanic Society Expeditions, that also includes Monkey Mia among its trips.
August 4, 1985
The Marina Foundation has given $1,000 to the Los Angeles chapter of the Oceanic Society for partial scholarships for underprivileged children interested in attending the society's Sea Camp '85 beginning this month. Each weekly Sea Camp will include an oceanography cruise, field trips to a fossil site, marine laboratory, the beach and the Ballona Lagoon wetlands. The Marina Foundation is a nonprofit group formed to support marine-related scientific, educational and cultural activities.
March 10, 2002
Tours to Midway Atoll, the former World War II battle site in the Pacific that was opened to eco-tourists, divers, anglers and other visitors in 1996, were suspended after the company that managed the tourist services pulled out. Commercial flights ended in January; charter flights this month have been returning staff home. Georgia-based Midway Phoenix Corp., which managed the site, cited an "unacceptable" relationship with the U.S.
January 23, 2000
Thank you for highlighting volunteer vacations through Earthwatch and Global Volunteers ("For the Turtles, Not the Tan," Jan. 9). I have been on several projects with both, and people should know that there are many Earthwatch projects that are much less strenuous, with comfortable accommodations. At my more advanced age I prefer small hotels and pleasant restaurants. Another possibility for such vacations is the Oceanic Society (telephone  326-7491, Internet http://www.oceanic-society.
November 20, 2005 |
SNORKEL among the coral reefs of Palau on a natural history expedition to Micronesia in the western Pacific. The 10-day expeditions, accompanied by a naturalist, will leave Los Angeles on Jan. 31, April 18, May 23, June 20 and Nov. 7. "If you are at all interested in snorkeling or in the marine environment, Palau is probably one of the best places in the world because of the diversity of species," said Birgit Winning of the Oceanic Society, which is offering the trips.
May 27, 2007 |
UTAH Moab river trip Go rafting on the Colorado River, serenaded by performers from the Moab Music Festival. The three-night, flat-water trip benefits the festival. A one-day extension to ride the Cataract Canyon rapids is available. Itinerary: Anasazi ruins at the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers in Canyonlands National Park. Dates: June 17 to 20; rapids extension, June 21. Price: $2,500 per person, including meals, wine, camping and rafting equipment.