OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

'SWIM WITH THE DOLPHINS' ON UNUSUAL TRIP LED BY TOP MAMMAL EXPERT

04/16/1996

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Here's one trip you'll flipper over. On porpoise.

One of the world's leading experts on marine mammals is leading a pair of educational tours this June to spectacular dolphin waters off the west end of Grand Bahama Island.

Participants will have numerous opportunities to swim with wild dolphins, tour organizers say.

The trips are being led by Bruce Mate, who heads the marine mammal research program at Oregon State University. Mate is an internationally recognized expert in the study of whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. He recently has been featured on the Discovery Channel's "Eyes in the Sky" and other televised specials.

In addition to frolicking in the warm water among wild dolphins, passengers on the OSU Bahamas Dolphin Adventures will get the latest information on dolphin habitat research in the area.

Both cruises are on the 90-foot catamaran Bottom Time II out of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The trips are scheduled for June 7-14 and June 14-21. The cost of the trip is $2,300 per person, double occupancy. Airfare to and from Ft. Lauderdale is not included.

Just a few spaces are available for both sessions. For more information, call 1-800-354-7281.