JOIN THE EXPERTS: EXPERIENCE THE UNDERWATER WONDERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
From shipwrecks to coral reefs to bridges, many underwater sites in Palm Beach County are becoming increasingly popular among divers and snorkelers for the remarkable abundance and diversity of unusual marine life they support.
Seasonal influxes of large animals such as sea turtles, goliath grouper, and sharks enhance the already impressive year-round variety of fish and invertebrates, and provide great opportunities for underwater naturalists to encounter rare and unique animals not easily found elsewhere.
The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society is now offering programs for snorkelers, divers, and marine life enthusiasts to learn more about our local marine habitats and why they attract to so many species, from the very small to the very large.
One, two, or three day programs are available during which participants will receive a personalized introduction to the natural history of SE Florida’s reefs plus sea turtle, marine mammal, fish, and invertebrate identification training. Experts in marine biology and fish identification will lead guided tours of select dive and snorkel sites, and provide opportunities for guests to contribute to ongoing marine research and conservation projects.
"COME LEARN WITH US" MARINE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS 2014
August 30th: A RETURN OF GIANTS: THE GOLIATH GROUPER: Every year, the region's goliath grouper get together to spawn. Luckily for us here in Palm Beach County, this has become among their favorite destinations! Several local shipwrecks host dozens of these sofa-sized fish in late summer and fall, and they have become a favorite among divers. In this program, the biology and conservation of the goliath grouper will be discussed, with a focus on the importance of our local reefs for the continued recovery of this long-endangered species. Host: Narcosis Dive Charters, Riviera Beach
...AND More to Come!
These programs include a morning classroom session and an afternoon field component, and can be extended to more than one day upon request.
One-day Program: $95 per person includes classroom instruction, a guided two-tank dive aboard local professional dive charters, and post-dive discussion. $45 per person for classroom session only. Group/student rates available, as are accommodations for out-of-town guests at select hotels. An open- water dive certification is required to participate in all diving activities.
Customize your own program! If you have an interested group, special topic, and/or other dates in mind that aren't on the schedule, we may be able to accommodate you!
ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT THE PALM BEACH ZOO'S CONSERVATION MISSION, AND WILL DIRECTLY BENEFIT THE FLORIDA HAWKSBILL RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION PROGRAM
To reserve your spot and/or for more information contact Larry Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Palm Beach County’s reefs are teeming with life. Still, pressures from coastal development and climate change threaten these diverse habitats. The more you know, the more you will be amazed at the diversity of life right off our shores! Learn more about Palm Beach County’s marine life through the Zoo’s conservation programs. Photo: T. Roberts