Unusual tours on the Mediterranean Explorer (MedEx), a research vessel which for over 17 years has been used to conduct marine research. During the visits that will be led by the ship captain, participants will be introduced to the latest methods employed by the researchers to learn about more about the sea, the animals it is home to and what is happening on the seabed. They will also hear about the state-of-the-art tools that are implemented to conduct marine research on the ship. The latter include a cutting-edge underwater robot that facilitates the documentation and collection of specimens from the depths of the sea.
EcoOcean is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2002 in order to conserve the marine and coastal environment through research, education, and widespread community activities. As part of its work, the organization also operates MedEx.
Opening the ship to the general public is one of the diverse components of the Clean Seas campaign that EcoOcean launched together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection. During the campaign, which is called Disposable Plastics – Not in My Sea, the ship leaves port and is hosted by Sail Tel Aviv for the purpose of raising awareness. This includes holding special peak events related to marine environment conservation.
Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Next to the vessel, there will also be activity booths dealing with the natural and manmade objects that wash up on shore, and more.
Friday, September 20th, the last tour starts at 14:00.