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Coral Expeditions acknowledges ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’

February 9, 2018 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Coral Expeditions would like to celebrate and acknowledge their women marine biologists and expedition leaders who work hard to bring their sailings to life for the upcoming International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Coral Expeditions has two women scientists on board their Australian-flagged ships, offering expedition cruises to largely unseen parts of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley region, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Islands of the South Pacific.

Kristy King is an Expedition Leader and Marine Biologist on board Coral Expeditions ICoral Expeditions II, and Coral Discoverer. Hailing from New Zealand, Kristy completed studies at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a speciality in Animal Behaviour. She also completed a Post Graduate in Marine Science from the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, New Zealand. Kristy has been with Coral Expeditions for three years.

The idea for an International Day of Women and Girls in Science came about on February 11, 2015 during the first High-Level World Women’s Health and Development Forum organised by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, at the United Nations Headquarters.

Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a huge effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. To achieve equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the UN’s General Assembly officially declared February 11th as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

For its 3rd commemoration, this year the focus will be on “Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development”.

Kristy’s passion for the environment also shines through her volunteer work. Recently, she did some tropical reef monitoring for a conservation group in Raja Ampat and worked, in a volunteer capacity, with Dr Karen Stockin for the Hauraki Gulf Common Dolphin Project.

“I have been able to see so many amazing things since working with Coral Expeditions from Komodo Dragons to Orangutans,” says King. “But my most memorable cruise moment would be helping a gentleman who had recently suffered a stroke and really wanted to get in the water to see the reef but was afraid he couldn’t do it. I spent the first day in the shallows with him then every day for the rest of the trip he would come up and ask if I had time to take him snorkelling. The smile on his face after every snorkel was priceless. A memory that still makes me smile to this day.”

The 2018 Great Barrier Reef season will mark 35 years of Coral Expedition beginning its journey in Australia and cruising in this region. Since pioneering overnight cruises on the outer reef, Coral Expeditions has accumulated infinite expertise and knows this UNESCO World Heritage reef better than most.

Remaining true to their origins, Coral Expeditions offers environmentally sensitive cruises. As an accredited eco-tourism operator, they continue to work diligently towards the long-term preservation of the Reef.

With their expert marine biologist on board to share their knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef and to lead guided snorkel tours, guests will have a truly immersive experience and take away a better understanding of this unique natural world. Private beach escapes, superb snorkelling and diving, guided rainforest walks, and local history are all included on the Great Barrier Reef itineraries. The Coral Expeditions II holds just 44 passengers and offers a highly-personalised service.

The 3, 4 or 7-night immersive itineraries venture to the pristine outer reef, and exclusive mooring destinations, venturing well beyond the day tripping boats to offer a unique reef experience with more chance of seeing turtles than humans!

Activities and facilities include: daily glass bottom boat tours, scuba diving for both beginners and PADI certified guests, snorkelling outings, historic outings, rainforest hiking, exclusive beach barbeques, touch tank displays and kayaking.

Despite all the negative stories about coral bleaching, Coral Expeditions has seen plenty of vibrancy, life and coral re-growth in the reef. Coral Expeditions are also involved in a community project to help prevent the spread of the Crown of Thorns Starfish – the equivalent of a weed in the marine world. Guests on board are encouraged to get involved in helping with this project, if desired.

The sailings depart Cairns every week, all year round. To book call 1800 079 545 or visit www.coralexpeditions.com.

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