SOURCE: The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club

November 02, 2009 10:15 ET

The World Renowned "Explorers Club" Invites the Public to Attend "Sea Stories"

A Celebration of Achievement in Ocean Exploration

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 2, 2009) - On Saturday, November 14, "The Explorers Club" will host its fifth annual "not for profit" "Sea Stories," a day focused on ocean exploration. Topics will range from protecting the ocean, to discovering a Spanish galleon, to researching the migrations of Great White sharks, to the deep-water search for a lost submarine in the Mediterranean.

The day starts at 9:00am with coffee and a continental breakfast followed by presentations at 10am. The $60 admission includes lunch (served at noon) as well as a cocktail reception at 5 pm (with beer, wine and soda).

Presenters will include:

Edward Von der Porten - "The Galleon San Felipe"

Mr. Von der Porten, naval historian and nautical archeologist, will share the saga of the galleon San Felipe through his eight Mexican/U.S. expeditions along the desert shore of Baja California to discover and reconstruct the tragic fate of the Spanish galleon San Felipe, lost without trace in 1576 with a treasure of Ming porcelain.

Dr. Gregory Skomal - "Ocean Travelers: Tracking the World's Biggest Sharks"

Dr. Skomal, head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, will highlight the ecology and life history of the world's largest sharks with new technologies to examine the migrations of Great White, Basking, Greenland and Whale Sharks.

Dr. Skomal wrote dozens of scientific research papers and appeared in a number of television documentaries, including National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

Jill Heinerth - "Into the Planet Using Closed Circuit Rebreathers"

As a pioneer in the use of closed-circuit rebreathers, Ms. Heinerth will share her experiences exploring caves inside Antarctic icebergs, volcanoes and karst terrain around the world.

An award-winning filmmaker, Ms. Heinerth co-wrote, produced, and appeared in "Water's Journey," the PBS documentary series that takes viewers on travels through the world's greatest water systems. Ms. Heinerth was named a "Living Legend" by Sport Diver magazine and was inducted into the Women Diver's Hall of Fame.

David Jourdan - "Never Forgotten: The Search and Discovery of Israel's Lost Submarine Dakar"

Just after midnight on January 25, 1968, the Israeli Navy's newly commissioned submarine Dakar transmitted her last communication before disappearing in the Mediterranean Sea without a trace. Author Mr. Jourdan will take us on his deep sea search for the missing 287-foot submarine and her sixty-nine officers and crew.

Mr. Jourdan has led many expeditions to discover historical shipwrecks and has appeared on the National Geographic and Discovery channels.

Ty Sawyer - "How to Save the Seas"

Mr. Sawyer is the Editorial Director of Islands Magazine and the Bonnier Dive Group, which includes, Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and the Undersea Journal. Mr. Sawyer is also a frequent commentator on the Travel Channel.

Mr. Sawyer's award-winning writing and photography have been seen in numerous publications, such as Caribbean Travel & Life and National Geographic Traveler. Mr. Sawyer won the Henry Lawson award for the best travel story written on Australia in 2006.

Dr. Charles Rawlings - "Portraits of Living Mollusks"

Dr. Rawlings has written multiple articles concerning mollusks, photographed several species never photographed alive and won awards for his living shell photography.

As the underwater world gradually deteriorates, Dr. Rawlings will be discussing the importance in documenting these wondrous organisms in an attempt to educate the public about the splendors of the underwater world.

The event is open to the public and held at The Explorers Club's historic headquarters in New York City which is located at 46 East 70th Street. The event is $60 for adults and $25 for students.

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