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"Humpback Whales of the Dominican Republic and Moorea, French Polynesia"


John and Anita Ares


Thursday, April 21st
7:00 PM on Zoom (link to be sent to members)


For many people, swimming with Humpback Whales is a Bucket List trip.  We will highlight the differences between two different Humpback Whale trips, starting with our
2002 liveaboard trip on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor in the Dominican Republic and finishing with the second land-based trip, a few months ago in Moorea.  Most of the presentation will focus on the recent trip to Moorea.

Anita George-Ares bio:  Anita is a Women Divers Hall of Fame inductee.  She has master’s and doctoral degrees in marine biology. Her research at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum resulted in the discovery of five new fish species. She was a research diver for National Geographic's Sleeping Shark Expeditions in Mexico, the Mote Marine Laboratory Expedition in the Solomon Islands, and for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Rhode Island.  Anita served as an industry technical representative for the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre's Partnership for improving marine biodiversity data. Anita currently enjoys contributing articles and images for X-Ray International Dive Magazine.
John Ares bio: John has been diving since 1974, has a master’s degree in marine sciences, and is a former PADI Course Director.  A professional photographer, John is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. He was an Associate Editor and Photographer for Seafood America Magazine. His photographs have also been published in Aqua, the International Journal of Ichthyology, DivePhotoGuide, PADI Under Sea Journal, and American Photographer.   John is a regular contributor to X-Ray International Dive Magazine. With his wife Anita, he has given numerous presentations at Beneath the Sea since 1997.


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