01 December 2010

Meet the 5 Gyres crew and step aboard the Sea Dragon

Two Oceans Aquarium
The Sea Dragon

Climb aboard Pangea Exploration’s expedition sailing vessel the Sea Dragon and meet some of the crew who are currently at sea somewhere between Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, completing the first ever trans-Atlantic Ocean plastic-pollution research trip in the Southern Hemisphere. The voyage will cover approximately 5 391 kilometres (3 350 miles) of ocean.

The 5 Gyres visit to Cape Town coincides with the Plastikos exhibition which opened in the Aquarium in October. Produced by Simon MAX Bannister, Plastikos is a unique exhibition that aims to raise awareness about waste – particularly plastic and micro-plastic – and its impact on the oceans, through art.

Led by the co-founders of the 5 Gyres Institute, Dr Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, the 13-member crew consists of researchers, journalists and two pro-surfers. Marcus and Anna plan to produce the first comprehensive snapshot analysis of plastic pollution in each of the globe’s five gyres.

The 5 Gyres crew embarked on a voyage across the world’s oceans to raise awareness about how plastic pollutes all of our waters, how it harms marine wildlife and potentially threatens human health. They set sail from Rio de Janeiro on 8 November, documenting the plastic pollution in the South Atlantic as they went, and will be docking at the Aquarium.

Meet Marcus and Anna at our public presentation on 14 December.

Open day on the Sea Dragon

The Sea Dragon is the research vessel used by the 5 Gyres team as they travel across the world’s oceans to learn more about plastic pollution in our seas. The ship will be berthed in the yacht marina next to the Aquarium and members of the public can go on board on Saturday 11 December between 14h00 and 20h00.

For enquires, please contact Visitor Services on 021 418 3823 or email info@aquarium.co.za.

If a visit aboard Sea Dragon makes you yearn for the open ocean, then why not join the crew? There are two incredible options available.

Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen

Re-position of the Sea Dragon

Cape Town to Walvis Bay (6 days)

Following the completion of the first South Atlantic Gyre plastic pollution expedition, the Sea Dragon will make her way north up the coast of Namibia to Walvis Bay.

Be part of the team to sail the 750 miles (about 1 207km) to this unique location, gain firsthand experience of this incredible oceangoing vessel, and interact with the full South Atlantic expedition crew.

Dates: 28 December 2010 to 2 January 2011    

Price: US$1 500 per person (roughly R10 700), which includes gear, food and accommodation, plus a send-off dinner with the full crew

The cost does not include return transport from Walvis Bay.

Trans-South Atlantic Gyre Expedition

Walvis Bay to Montevideo, Uruguay via St Helena (31 days)

The 5 Gyres expedition crew

We’re looking for a few lucky individuals to take on the challenge of the trans-Atlantic expedition led by the 5 Gyres team.

It’ll be an action-packed month trawling for plastic, analysing fish, running the sensors and sharing life-changing moments. The Sea Dragon will stop in at St Helena (weather dependent) to survey beaches and meet with locals.

Dates: 4 January 2011 to 3 February 2011

Price: US$7 000 per person (roughly R50 000), which includes gear, food and accommodation, plus a send-off dinner with the full crew

The cost does not include a return flight from Montevideo, Uruguay. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Two Oceans Aquarium.

For more information, please visit www.5gyres.org and www.panexplore.com. To confirm your place, contact info@pangaea-explorations.com directly.

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