Crystal forms partnership with California Ocean Alliance

Crystal forms partnership with California Ocean Alliance

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Scientists will conduct research into whale behaviour onboard Crystal Endeavor

Crystal has formed a new partnership with the California Ocean Alliance (COA), a conservation and research organisation dedicated to the protection of marine mammals.

Scientists from the COA will join Crystal Endeavor, the cruise line’s new expedition ship, for a series of five Antarctic cruises. They will collect data on whale behaviour using submergible acoustic recorders, drones, suction cup tags and remote biopsy sampling, as well as engaging guests to assist with research.

“We are excited to partner with Crystal as not only do we know the company’s steadfast commitment to operating responsibly but we have the opportunity to conduct important conservation research in this remote area of the world,” said Dr. Ari Friedlaender, associate researcher at the University of California. “We also look forward to sharing our knowledge and engaging with Crystal’s guests to help foster a deeper understanding of marine animals and ecosystems and the direct connection between the health of world oceans and marine mammals to the well-being of ecology and all living organisms across the globe.”

The voyages will depart roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina, between December 2021 and February 2022, ranging in length from 11 to 19 nights.

“It is a privilege to join with the California Ocean Alliance in its critical research to inform and promote conservation and management of our oceans and the health and survival of marine mammals,” said Walter Barinaga, director of Crystal Destination Experiences. “Crystal guests have a thirst for exploration and a passion for the oceans and the destinations and wildlife they experience on our voyages.”

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
28 April 2021

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