Naples (Pompeii/Amalfi), Italy
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
This tour offers firsthand insight into the daily life of a marine biologist and the work of the renowned Anton Dohrn Zoological Station -- home to the Naples Aquarium, the Darwin-Dhorn Museum (DaDoM), the Sea Turtle Research and Recovery Center of Portici and the Marine Observatory. More than 20 Nobel laureates and several National Geographic Explorers have worked and studied at this esteemed research institution. National Geographic-trained guides will explain its mission as you unpack the various projects.
Carlo Cattano, a Dohrn Foundation researcher and National Geographic Explorer, is studying the grey sharks of Lampione Island and the importance of sustainable tourism and human activity for protecting sharks and the ecosystem.
You will visit the Naples Aquarium -- the oldest aquarium in Europe where you'll learn about the variety of creatures, shapes, and colors of the Mediterranean.
At the DoDaM Museum, founded to celebrate Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution and biodiversity, you'll learn about the different stages of evolution as it relates to the marine environment, from microorganisms to how all living beings are interconnected.
You'll also visit the Marine Turtle Research Center at Turtle Point in Portici to learn about National Geographic Explorer Sandra Hochsheid, who works to protect marine turtles. Watch biologists at work as they help endangered turtles prepare for release into the wild, allowing humans to learn about these animals and their habitat.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.