About Eco-Tour 2008
Georgia Aquarium Eco-Tour 2008 – Mexico Bound!
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From Aug. 7-12, 2008, the Georgia Aquarium led seven travelers on an eco-tour to the beautiful blue waters of Mexico. This wasn’t just any Mexican vacation. These adventurers were on a mission – a mission to find whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, in the Gulf of Mexico. Here, off the coast of Isla Holbox, Mexico, scientists have discovered the largest known aggregation of whale sharks, and the Georgia Aquarium is supporting research in the area to better understand this gentle giant. So not only did our group have the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, but they had the opportunity to speak with researchers and learn more about what the Aquarium is doing to expand the knowledge of this species.
And that’s not all. Along the way, our group ran into dolphins, schools of cownose rays and little things called manta rays. All plural, you notice. They explored the islands, the water, the wildlife and the way of life in these little developed islands of Mexico.
Meet the travelers:Our fierce foursome, Tom and Beth Moore and their (adult) children Matt and Katie Klopman, made our eco-tour a family occasion.
Julie Dragich has been diving all over the world and has even dove with whale sharks in the Galapagos Islands.
Marjorie Strayer is a diver and underwater photographer and was able to get some great underwater shots in Mexico.
David Benedict is part of the Aquarium’s Guest Programs team and will be able to tell guests in the Ocean Voyager exhibit about his eco-tour experience.
Susan Noble is not only a traveler, but also an Aquarium volunteer. She will be able to relate what she saw in Mexico to the many guests she interacts with.
Georgia Aquarium Team - Kristie Cobb, Vice President of Development & Membership, and Bruce Carlson, Science Office, led the group throughout the eco-tour. Ashley Payne, Manager of e-Communications & New Media, documented the trip.
Read more about their journey and see videos and pictures!
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Email Kristie Cobb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404.581.4130 for more details, to receive updates and to sign up.
Matt and Katie Klopman
Dr. Bruce Carlson and Kristie Cobb
Our tour guide Eduardo kept watch from above.