Ocean Institute offers winter seafaring adventures

November 9, 2018 by  

The Ocean Institute located in Dana Port has tide pool hikes and pacific marine exploration boat trips scheduled for early winter. According to the Ocean Institute, winter is the best time of year to explore the marine ecosystem.

The Tidepool Hikes are scheduled to be held December 4, 5, 6, 19, and 20. Hikes are in the afternoon times vary depending on the date, but all are led by an Ocean Institute naturalist.

These hikes are for adults and children with moderate to strenuous hiking ability, and they navigate through the Marine Conservation area behind the Ocean Institute. Dana Point has print shops that can design posters and provide flyer printing for events like this.

Participants explore this beach area by looking for crabs, sea shells, rocks, sea stars, plants, and snails. Closed shoes are required, and hikers are warned that terrain may be slippery and uneven.

The Pacific Marine Exploration tours is open to all ages. This boat tour will be on Saturdays and Sundays from December 1 to 15, as well as several dates scattered around Christmas. The time is 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

The tour begins with a pre-cruise tutorial from 9:15 to 9:45 pm. The talk will discuss how scientists identify large mammals. The trip on the R/V Sea Explorer searches for whales, dolphins, and sea lions, collecting samples of mud and microorganisms at the sea bottom.

Known for its hands-on marine-science and environmental programs, the Ocean Institute is located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive.