Each Reef Check Eco-Tour is a 3-hour highly interactive marine conservation program that gives guests the chance to become a Marine Biologist for the day aboard the 75ft "Matt Walsh" boat in Marina del Rey, CA. It is focused on teaching people of all ages about marine ecosystems and how to carry out scientific investigations of the coastal waters surrounding Los Angeles. Through this program, we hope to raise awareness about the value of ocean resources, threats to ocean health and solutions to these problems. We seek to create a new generation of people who understand these issues and will be willing to spread their knowledge.
When you arrive at Dock 52 (13552 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292), you will receive a set of illustrated cards to guide your marine science investigation aboard the boat. The program will last approximately 3 hours of which half the time will be spent learning about ocean science and half the time will be spent learning about and observing marine mammals.
The program will start with a 10-minute presentation/program introduction regarding general marine science and the role of the non-profit Reef Check Foundation. Then you will board the boat and listen to a safety briefing from the Captain. On the way to the outer harbor you will be able to view and learn about marine mammals and sea birds.
Once in the outer harbor, you will learn about ocean ecosystems at two to three different stations focusing on oceanography (waves and currents), water quality (pollution), and observing live fish, invertebrates and even microscopic plankton swimming.
You are invited to stop by Reef Check Foundation Headquarters (13723 Fiji Way, Ste B-2, Marina del Rey, CA 90292) after the tour to meet our team and find out more about what we do. Click here for more information