WHOI – Phoenix Islands Protected Area Research


May 1st – 30th, 2018

Depart: Kiritimati, Kiribati
Arrive: Kiritimati, Kiribati
Length: 29 days, 28 nights
Focus: Climate Change and Reef surveys


We’re excited to be working with a joint team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and Boston University (BU) in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.

Pangaea Exploration’s excellent boat crew, Eric Loss and Mate Shanley Loss will be leading Sea Dragon’s crew as we support a crew of scientists from WHOI & BU as they study the effects of ocean acidification and climate change on the coral of the region and conduct reef surveys.
Sea Dragon will be their dive base and home for the month of May.

We are very much looking forward to working once again with WHOI, with whom we partnered in 2012 for a similar research project and a huge welcome to BU.

Eric Loss – Skipper

Eric has been sailing competitively since his time as a young mariner and in 2011 he sailed around the world single-handed and told his story in Loss at Sea.

Eric has been Captain on board Sea Dragon since January 2013 and he loves to facilitate the understanding of and connection to the sea for all of those who come on board.

Shanley McEntee – First Mate

Shanley has been all over the world and covered over 40,000 miles on all different types of sailing yachts and loves to do everything from scuba diving to surfing to swimming.

With a degree in Environmental Policy and Marine Science, Shanley continues to explore the world and the different issues mother earth faces. She’s full-time with Sea Dragon as First Mate since January of 2013.

May 1: WHOI/BU join the vessel in Kiritimati – safety briefings, introductions, move in and Dinner

May 2 – 29: Climate Change and Reef surveys

May 30: WHOI & BU Guests depart from Vessel

Kit: Tropical

All crew members will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to and from Kiribati. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.