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Research Vessel Sea Explorer

Bioluminescence Night Cruise

Year 'round, depending on the phase of the moon - Picture for a moment... drifting in the dark, deep depths of the sea, small "bug-like" organisms called euphasids swarming in the billions. Now imagine yourself aboard the R/V Sea Explorer off the coast of Dana Point at night. The bottom of the hull glows as it strikes bioluminescent plankton. A meter net is deployed into the depths and captures thousands of these drifting euphasids. As our scientists pull the net aboard, it's with delight that you discover euphasids glow in the dark! And that's not all that glows. There's a luminous underwater world just waiting to shine! Learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon.

BioluminescenceMembers
$22/adult and $19/child (3-12yrs)

Non-Members
$35/adult and $22/child (3-12yrs)

Group Rates
Groups of 8 or more participants qualify for discounted pricing. Reservations must be made in one transaction. For pricing details, please email Leslie Kretschmar at lkretschmar@ocean-institute.org with the following info: your name, phone number, email, cruise name/date/time, and number of participants.

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At a Glance: Public Hours
Weekends: 10am-3pm

Pilgrim open most Sundays: 10am-2:30pm
Cost: $6.50/adult
$4.50/child (3-12yrs)
Members and children 2 yrs and under are free.

Cruise Prices
$35/adult
Members: $22/adult
$22/child (3-12yrs)
Members: $19/child (3-12yrs)
Includes weekend admission.
There is a transaction processing fee added to all credit card, phone, and internet orders.

Sail Prices (Min age 4yrs)
$40/adult (Members: $36/adult) $23/child (Members: $21/child)
Includes weekend admission.
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