May 17, 2010, Updated September 13, 2012

ISRAEL21c joined a nighttime expedition with a state-of-the-art research ship that plumbs the depths of the Eastern Mediterranean to learn more about the sea and man’s effect on maritime life.


The Mediterranean Explorer is a state-of-the-art research ship owned and operated by Israeli non-profit EcoOcean.

Active since 2004, EcoOcean, which is now collaborating with the legendary Cousteau family on marine education and research, also works with many other Israeli and international organizations and universities to explore the mysteries of the ocean about 120 days a year.

One evening, in a choppy sea, ISRAEL21c joined Prof. Gitay Yahel and 10 of his students from the School of Marine Sciences and Marine Environment at the Ruppin Academic Center aboard the Mediterranean Explorer, obtaining samples and analyzing water and plankton from various depths of the sea.


Exploring the depths of the Mediterranean, EcoOcean’s research vessel The Mediterranean Explorer.

Teams on the 60-foot vessel study anything from plankton, to the effects of large desalination plants on sea life and the environment. In its research travels, the ship’s crew has visited and collaborated with like-minded specialists in Jordan, Eritrea and the area near the Black Sea.

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